First, here are the ten teams that did not merit an invitation.
|San Jose St.||MountainWest||6||6||389||421||67.75||75||47||107|
As you can see none of the ten teams comes from an automatic qualifying conference, and half come from the Sun Belt Conference. Three teams are relatively new to the Football Bowl Subdivision (South Alabama, UT-San Antonio, and Texas State) and only three teams were above a 0.500 winning percentage - with Western Kentucky at 8-4 and the most productive of those left behind.
What about the lowest ten ranked teams in terms of the Complex Invasion College Football Production Model? They are listed below.
|San Diego St.||MountainWest||7||5||338||388||76.92||87||88||88|
Of the teams in the last ten, five come from current automatic qualifying conferences, two are independent, two come from the Mountain West and one from the Mid American conference. As you can see when comparing the two tables by overall production (Rank), half of the teams that did not make it to a bowl game are more productive than the highest ranked team (UNLV) of those that did.
I understand that bowl invitations are not about production, but about making a profit (and conference affiliation), so I do not want you to think that I am complaining; rather just providing some perspective on those who were awarded a bowl appearance and those who did not.