Alabama has played in over 60 bowl games.
Texas State … not so much.
With the 2016 bowl season right around the corner, and with an ungodly amount of contests being played on American soil and beyond, most alumni will find their schools playing in one bowl game or another.
The bad news: The six squads on this list have never gone bowling. The good news: Two of them are about to bring that streak to an end.
OK, this one is pretty unfair considering the Chanticleers haven't even jumped up to the FBS yet.
2017 will mark the team's second year of transition from the FCS, and the school will be eligible for bowl contention in 2018. This year's team could neither make the FCS playoffs or an FBS bowl game, but Coastal Carolina still went an impressive 10-2.&
Don't be shocked if the Chanticleer's follow in the footsteps of soon-to-be Sun Belt brothers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern who have already made bowl games despite their recent entry into the FBS.
Coastal Carolina Athletics
The 49ers have only fielded a team since 2013 and ended this year's Conference USA season with a decent 4-8 mark, including a win over bowl-bound Southern Miss.
At the rate the squad is improving, don't be surprised if they sneak into a bowl game next year.
Charlotte 49ers Athletics
Massachusetts made the very curious move to leave the MAC last year and to play 2016 as an independent.
It did not go well.
Good luck with that, but at least the team got to travel to Hawaii this year.
— UMass Band Alumni (@ummbalumni) November 27, 2016
Last year marked the first time ODU was eligible for a bowl game after jumping up from the FCS. The Monarchs were an incredible 9-3 this season, won its final five games, and will play in the post-season in this year's Bahamas Bowl against Eastern Michigan.
Plus, they'll be playing in their first ever bowl game sporting these sweet lids.
— UNISWAG (@Uniformswag) December 5, 2016
After a surprising three overtime road win over eventual MAC title game contender Ohio in week 1, it was all downhill for the Bobcats.
Photo credit: The University Star
The 2016 edition of the Roadrunners finally came through. After failing to meet expectations during the Larry Coker era, first-year coach Frank Wilson has his team primed to face New Mexico in the 2016 New Mexico Bowl.
Mark down UTSA as a team to watch going forward in Conference USA.
— UTSA Football (@UTSAFTBL) December 16, 2016