Florida State should have verified it. At least FSU's measly six wins afforded them the consolation prize of a bowl appearance against Southern Mississippi. This will be the 36th consecutive year that Florida State has played in a bowl game.
User bakonydraco submitted a post, which has been confirmed by multiple sources including Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN, that Florida State's 77-6 win over Delaware State should not have counted toward the team's bowl eligibility.
Reddit College Football found that over the most recent two-year span, Delaware State only used 87 percent of the available scholarship grants-in-aid awarded to FCS teams, but in order for an FCS opponent to count toward an FBS team's bowl eligibility, the FCS team needs to use 90 percent of its scholarship grants-in-aid over a rolling two-year stretch.
Given that we're less than a week away from the Independence Bowl between Florida State and Southern Miss, even Reddit acknowledges that nothing significant is likely to come of this report in terms of the Seminoles actually not playing in the game. The Seminoles drew their fair share of flak for a deflating start to the early signing period, but they flipped stud S Jaiden Woodbey from an Ohio State commitment late Wednesday night and now follow it up by grabbing Bolden.
"It's a matter between the NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State", Independence Bowl media relations director Stefan Nolet said in a statement released to the Sun Herald.More news: Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing raises another $4Bn funding
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THE SKINNY: Normally, I couldn't give a spit who wins any of these bowl games as long as they put on a good, entertaining show. Schools are allowed to count one FCS win towards its six-win minimum for bowl eligibility, but that FCS school reportedly must have a 90 percent scholarship threshold.
Florida State will still play in the December 27 Independence Bowl, largely because it is too late to make a change.
This means that they were not in compliance with Exception 18.104.22.168.1 in the NCAA Division I Manual.
While Florida State will still play in the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi, it turns out that the team never should have been invited in the first place.