Florida State is playing in a bowl it's not eligible for

Joy Montgomery
December 23, 2017

Florida State has faced one problem after another since starting the season ranked No. 3.

FSU (6-6) and Southern Miss 8-4 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on December 27 on ESPN.

With that number being at 87 percent, Delaware State cannot be counted by a FBS school (FSU football) for the sake of bowl eligibility - meaning the Seminoles are 6-6 on the field, but 5-6 when it comes to counting toward bowl games.

"For an FCS opponent to be countable towards bowl eligibility, the FCS program must have awarded at least 90% of the FCS scholarship limit".

The Conference USA outfits were among the top five teams averaging the fewest turnovers in Division I, at 8.8 per game, but committed a season-worst 20 against FSU, and it also cost them 21 points.

Regardless, its quite the scenario, especially considering that Florida State had to win its final three games to secure bowl eligibility, including the rescheduled game against ULM.

The issue is Delaware State, an FCS team that Florida State beat 77-6, has not offered enough scholarships to its players in the most recent two-year period to count as a win for bowl eligibility purposes.

College football insider Brett McMurphy was able to later confirm the report, with Florida State's inclusion in a bowl game being called a "monumental oversight" that should have been caught at three levels.

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According to a report from Reddit, Florida State, despite having the requisite 6 wins, could actually still not be bowl eligible.

"It's too late to do anything now, they'll still play in the game", a bowl industry source told McMurphy".

The Seminoles are trying to remain focused on the bowl game preparation, but the thoughts of moving forward under Taggart's new leadership is a healthy distraction.

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"He's doing exactly his job, and I feel like he wants to implement a relationship with the players", defensive tackle Walvenski Aime said.

It has been a rough year for Florida State.

"The most obvious is that Florida State applies for a Waiver under 18.7.2.1.1.1".

But a Reddit user has taken a closer look at Florida State's bowl eligibility this year, and poked a big hole in it.

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