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10 longest Power 5 bowl-game droughts entering 2023 season

10 longest Power 5 bowl-game droughts entering 2023 season
Nov 25, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers place kicker Timmy Bleekrode (38) reacts after missing a field goal against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Bowl games have become the barometer for successful college football seasons, but not every Power 5 team has had the opportunity to play in one over the past few campaigns. (Credit: Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)

LINCOLN, Neb. (BVM) – Every college football season, fan bases across the country eagerly clamor the phrase, “This is our year” as the new campaign kicks off. A successful year can be categorized in many different ways, but the typical barometer for college football is admittance into a bowl game.

Bowl games are a series of contests that pit two teams against each other in a postseason battle with the winner walking away with a bowl title. While not every team playing in bowl games has to have a winning record, typically teams must reach .500 to earn an invitation to participate in a bowl. Though this standard isn’t considered the highest of bars to clear, it has been easier for some programs to make bowl games than others, particularly in the highly-competitive Power 5 conferences: the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC.

With that being said, here are 10 Power 5 teams that have made their fan bases wait the longest to return to a bowl game.