CHAPEL HILL, NC (KXAN) — Mack Brown and North Carolina are bowl eligible after routing a rival.
The Tar Heels beat N.C. State 41-10 on Saturday night, reaching six victories in Brown’s first season of a second stint as North Carolina’s coach. There are 79 bowl-eligible teams, one more than needed to fill the 78 slots.
Brown looks rejuvenated on the Tar Heels’ sideline after being out of coaching for five years. If you don’t believe that, just watch his post game celebration after his team clinched a bowl berth Saturday night.
North Carolina started the season hot with back-to-back wins against South Carolina and Miami before suffering through a three-game losing streak that featured a near upset of No. 3 Clemson.
North Carolina rallied for back-to-back wins at the end of the season to reach the six-win plateau.
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Kent State beat Eastern Michigan 34-26 on Friday. The Golden Flashes finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012.
Oregon State fell short of ending its drought, losing to Oregon on Saturday. Oregon State hasn’t been to a bowl since 2013.
The states of Florida and Ohio have the most bowl-eligible teams with six each. Michigan is next with five.
These 79 teams are bowl eligible. One will be left on the outside looking in:
San Diego State