Florida State Actually Isn't Bowl Eligible, Reddit Investigation Finds

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While the Seminoles are gearing up for their matchup with the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the Independence Bowl - the school's 36th consecutive season with a bowl game - it turns out that Florida State, who finished the season at 6-6, might not be bowl eligible after all.

Under that scenario - and if the information is accurate - FSU's win over Delaware State should not have counted towards the Seminoles' bowl eligibility.

The story, which was reported by Reddit College Football and was later confirmed by ex-ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy on Facebook, centered around Delaware State, a team Florida State beat 77-6 earlier this season.

Florida State's eligibility was initially brought into question because the report on Reddit noted Delaware State had not met the 90 percent scholarship limit that would have allowed FSU's win over the FCS program to count toward qualification for a bowl game. For a win over an FCS team to be countable toward bowl eligibility, that school has to have awarded at least 90 percent of potential scholarships to players.

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"This monumental error should have been caught at three levels: the school, conference and NCAA", a bowl industry source told McMurphy. "It's too late to do anything now, they'll still play in the game".

FSU football haters are going to use something like this to use against the Seminoles to take away from one of the most impressive streaks in college football (with the next closest being 25 for Virginia Tech), but the Seminoles can be punished because the Hornets fell two scholarships short. "We are continuing preparations for our game between Southern Miss and Florida State".

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.

Only athletic scholarships being factored into the math would explain how Florida State allegedly didn't hit the necessary 90 percent. Since that did not happen with Delaware State, Florida State's countable record is actually 5-6 on the year.

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