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How many teams made bowl games and the Big Dance?

The NCAA Tournament is here, which, as a football site, doesn't have a lot to do with us. Unless we decide to shoe-horn in an angle tangentially tying two completely separate sports back to football... which we will do here.

Sixty-eight teams are dancing, and 29 of them also reached bowl games during the 2018 season. The Big Ten led the way with seven double-dippers -- half of its membership -- while the SEC followed with five. Among Group of 5 leagues, the American led the way with four. Conference USA and the Sun Belt were the only leagues not to produce a double-dipper.

American
Cincinnati
Houston
UCF
Temple

ACC
Duke
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech

Big Ten
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Ohio State
Purdue
Wisconsin

Big 12
Baylor
Iowa State
Oklahoma

MAC
Buffalo

Mountain West
Nevada
Utah State

Pac-12
Arizona State
Oregon
Washington

SEC
Auburn
Florida
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi State

If you're missing some football name brands, the NIT may be more your style. Alabama is a 1 seed, while Clemson is a 2.

While getting your team in both postseasons is impressive no matter how you slice it, doing it at the FCS level is a real feat. Only 26 teams make the postseason in the FCS, which is roughly a third of the FBS. And then those same schools don't have the benefit of relying on at-large bids, meaning they have to win their respective conference tournaments to make the Big Dance. Three FCS schools climbed that mountain this time around.

FCS
Colgate
North Dakota State
Wofford

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