NCAA's Football Oversight Committee makes recommendation for bowl eligibility, postseason start date
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Football Bowl Association was seeking to have all bowl eligibility requirements scrapped for the 2020 season. Now, the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee is officially onboard.
The Division I Football Oversight Committee announced Thursday that it has recommended waiving the requirements for bowl eligibility for the 2020-21 bowl season.
To be eligible for a postseason bowl, a team must meet the criteria to be considered a deserving team, which is generally defined as having a .500 overall record against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. The Football Oversight Committee’s recommendation would eliminate that requirement for the 2020-21 season.
In addition to that recommendation, the FOC is also recommending a postseason start date of Dec. 1. In early December, we could see Power 5 teams playing regular-season games while teams from other conferences play bowl games.
Schools must continue to meet Academic Progress Rate requirements for postseason eligibility, the FOC stated Thursday.
The committee’s recommendation requires approval by the Division I Council, which is scheduled to meet Oct. 13-14. The recommendation recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020-21 playing season.
“Providing a more flexible framework for the postseason in this unprecedented time will provide some certainty moving forward,” said Shane Lyons, director of athletics at West Virginia and chair of the oversight committee, in the announcement. “These are important postseason opportunities for our student-athletes, and this will help everyone to prepare.”
Potentially winless teams in bowl games and both regular-season and post-season games in December? That’s 2020 for you.