The biggest games for teams fighting for college football bowl eligibility

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - Most of the attention during the college football season is focused on the playoff race. There's also significant drama at the bottom of the postseason picture.

To fill all the spaces in the 39 bowl games this season, 78 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision must finish with six or more wins. If not, teams with five wins will be added to the mix.

Here's the current situation involving the 128 teams eligible to play in the postseason with two weeks left in the season:

► 70 teams have at least six wins.

► 36 teams already have seven losses.

► The eight available spots must be filled by the remaining 22 teams. 

Here are some of the key games this week that will determine if the field is filled:

Florida State (4-6) at Florida

The biggest rivalry in the Sunshine State has taken a major hit this season with both programs at 4-6. The Seminoles rescheduled their game with Louisiana-Monroe for next week to give them an opportunity to make the postseason. The Gators did go that route and will have to be content to play spoiler in their last game.

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Georgia Tech (5-5) vs. Georgia

It's been an up-and-down season for the Yellow Jackets, who lost a game due against Central Florida due to Hurricane Irma and had big wins and surprising losses to reach this point. Now, they must take down the rival Bulldogs to extend their campaign. On a positive note, Tech has won two of three in this series called Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.

Purdue (5-6) vs. Indiana (5-6)

The battle for the Old Oaken Bucket will have some added intrigue as the winner also will be headed to the postseason. Indiana has dominated the recent series with four consecutive wins, but the Boilermakers are much improved in their first year under Jeff Brohm and are hoping for their first bowl berth since 2012. 

UCLA (5-6) vs. California (5-6)

Another Power Five conference game with the winner going to the postseason. The Bruins have underachieved this season and now must adjust to the loss of coach Jim Mora, who was fired this week. A win by the Golden Bears would put a cap on an impressive debut season for Justin Wilcox.

Colorado (5-6) at Utah (5-6)

The Buffaloes and Utes have been like mirror images with both having high expectations after strong starts to the season before stumbling in the second half. A loss would be a shock for Utah, which has gone to a bowl game in 11 of the previous 13 seasons.

Texas Tech (5-6) at Texas

The Longhorns qualified with a big win at West Virginia last week, so perhaps they'll relaxed a bit. That would benefit the Red Raiders, who have struggled in the second half with five wins in their last six games and just three points last week against TCU.

Duke (5-6) vs. Wake Forest 

The Blue Devils kept their bowl hopes win an impressive win against Georgia Tech. A loss to the rival Demon Deacons would mean they miss out on the postseason for the second consecutive season after four bowls in a row.

Temple (5-6) at Tulsa

Both these teams have been perennial bowl visitors in recent years, but it is the only Owls that have a chance to extend their season as the Golden Hurricane struggled to an unexpected 2-9 season. Temple hopes they don't have much motivation in their finale.

Old Dominion (5-6) at Middle Tennessee (5-6)

Conference USA is guaranteed to have at least nine bowl representatives after the weekend is over. The Monarchs looked dead at 2-6, but three consecutive wins have put them in postseason position. The Blue Raiders will be looking to defend their home turf.

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