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Florida State confirms its bowl eligibility

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Despite six wins, its bowl eligibility was questioned.

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Looking at Florida State’s 6-6 record, there should have been no concerns that the Seminoles were bowl eligible, as dictated by the six victories. However, its eligibility was questioned in a Reddit post on Thursday that got everyone, both fans and media, up in arms and asking questions.

The original Reddit post alleged that Delaware State did not distribute over 90% of its allocated scholarships. The post cited a very specific NCAA rule that was overlooked. Here is the word-for-word rule:

18.7.2.1.1 Exception - Football Championship Subdivision Opponent. [FBS] Each year, a Football Bowl Subdivision institution may count one victory against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent toward meeting the definition of a “deserving team,” provided the opponent has averaged 90 percent of the permissible maximum number of grants-in-aid per year in football during a rolling two-year period.

After arguments discussions back-and-forth on social media about whether the post interpreted the rule correctly or not, Florida State cleared up the confusion in a statement on Friday, stating Delaware State was in accordance with the NCAA and the victory indeed counted toward its bowl record, despite the original post claiming otherwise.

Even had Delaware State not been in compliance, the error was caught following the bowl selection process and the Seminoles would have more than likely still been playing in the Independence Bowl vs. Southern Miss on December 27th. Just don’t tell the Hokies that.