NCAA Division I Council adjusts bowl eligibility requirements for 2020
College football teams will have an easier path to bowl eligibility in 2020.
The NCAA’s Division I Council announced Wednesday that it approved a blanket waiver request to allow FBS teams to count two wins against FCS opponents. The previous rule allowed FBS teams to count only one win over an FCS opponent for bowl eligibility. The adjustment will apply only to the 2020-21 college sports season (fall 2020, spring 2021). The Council also adjusted scholarship requirements for those FCS opponents:
Current FBS rules require an FCS opponent to have averaged 90 percent of the maximum number of football scholarships during a rolling two-year period for that game to count for bowl selection and scheduling requirements for the FBS team. The waiver allows the games to count if the FCS opponents average at least 80 percent.
While the FCS win rule has changed, one part of bowl eligibility the requirement of a .500 record is not expected to change per ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg.
“In a season that’s scheduled for only 10 games, 5-5 is already bowl-eligible by NCAA rules,” Carparelli Executive Director of the Football Bowl Association Nick Carparelli told Rittenberg.
It remains to be seen if the change will impact teams from the SEC and other Power 5 conferences. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have each announced their teams will play conference-only schedules for the 2020 season. The SEC has said it will announce a decision on the 2020 season and conference teams’ schedules later this month. According to a new report, the conference is considering various schedule options for the season.