Florida State confirms its bowl eligibility amid Reddit report

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The Seminoles' win over FCS-member Delaware State should not have counted toward their bowl-eligibility requirements, as first discovered by Reddit CFB.

After initially appearing on Reddit's college football subreddit, r/CFB, reports circulated throughout the week indicating that FCS school Delaware State did not use the required 90 percent of scholarship grants-in-aid, thus declaring FSU's 77-6 win on November 18 would not count for bowl-eligibility.

Florida State is going bowling December 27th against Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl, even after a compelling report by a Reddit user attempted to prove that the 6-6 Seminoles might not actually be bowl eligible.

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. "These media reports represent incomplete information, as they only reflect athletics scholarships received".

As the Reddit user mentioned in the original report, there was some "wiggle room" in the NCAA bylaws.

That an FCS school could use other types of aid to count towards the 90 percent seems like it would news to at least one of McMurphy's sources.

But as it turns out, the Seminoles should not be eligible to appear in their 36th straight bowl game.

Entering the season as a College Football Playoff contender, the 'Noles lost quarterback Deondre Francois early and then entered into a dizzying spiral that saw them finish above only Syracuse in the ACC Atlantic, hit rock bottom in a 35-3 loss to Boston College in late October, then watch as coach Jimbo Fisher left for the greener pastures of Texas A&M.

With less than a week before FSU's game against Southern Miss, it will be interesting to see if any action is taken by the NCAA or Florida State to remedy the issue.

This has been a weird season for Florida State.