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Reddit rumor: What if FSU isn’t bowl eligible after all?

Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write: Florida State might not be bowl eligible to play in the Independence Bowl after all, according to a thread on Reddit.

User bakonydraco dug into the NCAA rulebook and found 18.7.2.1.1. In case you don't have that section memorized, it states that a Division I-A team (like FSU) can count a I-AA opponent (like the Seminoles' Nov. 18 foe, Delaware State) as one of the six wins necessary for bowl eligibility if the I-AA team uses at least 90 percent of its permissible scholarships.

Delaware State did not meet that threshold, Reddit reports.

I'm not going to vouch for the validity of the site's figures.

"We have no comment at this point," an FSU spokesman said.

FSU, remember, needed to reschedule Louisiana-Monroe to the first weekend in December just to reach 6-6.

On a practical level, I'm not sure it matters. FSU can't undo its bowl practices. Imagine the logistics involved with getting a new opponent (like 6-6 Western Michigan) to play Southern Miss in six days, despite not practicing since its season ended.

"That is a matter between NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State," bowl spokesman Stefan Nolet said Thursday evening. "We are continuing preparations for our game between Southern Miss and Florida State."

So even if the report is accurate, it certainly looks as if FSU will be playing its NCAA-record 36th consecutive bowl game. But it's a heck of a story how the Seminoles got there.

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