78. Nevada Wolf Pack, 76.31
- Roster Strength: 77.34 (Ranked No. 117 of 130 FBS teams)
- Team Performance: 76.75 (104)
- Head Coach Rating: 79.51 (91)
Nevada opened its season with an exciting upset victory over a Power Five opponent. The Wolf Pack beat Purdue 34-31 at home, and also picked up upset victories over Mountain West rivals San Diego State and Fresno State in November to offset ugly losses to Oregon (77-6) and Hawaii (54-3) earlier in the season, as well as the season-finale loss to in-state rival UNLV, which included a postgame brawl.
Nevada head coach has started three quarterbacks this season, with Carson Strong back in action after missing three games. Since he returned to the field in late October, Strong has completed 66.0 percent of his passes for 1,204 with seven touchdowns and two interceptions across five games. Strong should get the start against Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
77. Georgia State Panthers, 76.13
- Roster Strength: 77.82 (112)
- Team Performance: 77.53 (94)
- Head Coach Rating: 76.34 (109)
Georgia State shocked the nation in Week 1 when it beat Tennessee 38-30 as a 26-point road underdog and parlayed the momentum of beating an SEC opponent into its third-ever bowl bid. The Panthers enter the Arizona Bowl with a 7-5 record, including a 4-4 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.
Quarterback Dan Ellington, who played the final two games of the regular season on a torn ACL, has thrown for 2,291 yards and 21 touchdowns and has added 598 rushing yards and five scores on the ground. Running back Tra Barnett earned First-Team All-Sun Belt honors after rushing for 1,389 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season.