NCAA Division I Council passes new rule about bowl eligibility of 6-6, 5-7 teams
The NCAA’s Division I Council passed a new rule regarding 6-6 and 5-7 teams with respect to bowl eligibility, according to a release.
The Council determined that all bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be selected for a bowl game before any teams with a 5-7 record can be considered.
The rule basically ensures that a 5-7 team won’t be able to get in a better bowl over a 6-6 team.
As for the 5-7 teams, here’s how they will become eligible:
After all bowl-eligible teams are selected, the 5-7 teams – which will be considered alternates – will be deemed eligible in descending order from the highest multiyear Academic Progress Rate in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the most recent reporting year. Those teams will then select the bowl in which they will participate.
“It’s impossible to project how many eligible bowl teams we will have,” said Bob Bowlsby, chair of the football oversight committee and commissioner of the Big 12 Conference said in the release. “We think we have a selection process in the postseason that makes sense and is fair to the schools and the bowls.”
During the 2015 season, only three 5-7 teams played in bowl games.