Redditor investigates whether Florida State is actually bowl eligible

by Noah Mcgee December 23, 2017, 0:20
Redditor investigates whether Florida State is actually bowl eligible

However, as Reddit user bakonydraco noted in a harrowingly in-depth 1300-word post, FSU technically did not meet the requirements for bowl eligibility.

Standout juniors in safety Derwin James, defensive end Josh Sweat and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden will skip the bowl game to prevent injury and get a head start on preparing for the 2018 National Football League draft.

"They trusted the numbers we gave them", Dannen said.

With Thomas, James and Sweat not playing, that means that FSU will be without its top three tacklers on defense.

Florida State running back Jacques Patrick would like to hear a few more songs from Drake during the Seminoles' bowl game practices. Delaware State's own data shows that was not the case, thus Florida State can't count their 77-6 win toward their six victories for bowl eligibility.

With less than a week remaining until FSU's bowl game, it is unclear what the Seminoles and the NCAA could do to rectify the situation.

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

After the Independence Bowl, Florida State and its fans can fully move on to a new era under coach Willie Taggart, who said this week, "It's not how you start".

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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that "basically nothing that can be done" at this point, and that because none of the three other teams reported the scholarship issue to the NCAA, FSU will play Southern Mississippi next week.

Delaware State is an FCS school, and NCAA rules state that an FBS team's win over an FCS school can only count towards their bowl eligibility if that FCS school has "awarded at least 90% of the FCS scholarship limit".

But Independence Bowl game officials still expect FSU to face Southern Miss on Wednesday.

Six wins are what it takes to be bowl-eligible, with some leeway for five-win teams to enter the mix if there aren't enough six-win teams to fill the myriad of games.

USM head coach Jay Hopson also didn't seem to anxious about the development.

"I just wanted to make sure I get the right guys", Taggart said.

"I think the fit is more important than the guys and what they know, because they can know a lot and they don't fit, and it just messes everything up".


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