Florida State says its 6-6 record was legitimate for bowl eligibility

Bowl plans to host FSU despite questions about Seminoles' eligibility

The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.

"Florida State has received confirmation from Delaware State that the 90 percent requirement is satisfied for the 2017 season, allowing the victory to be used in determining bowl eligibility", the statement read.

If only it were that simple.

The report focuses on Florida State's 77-6 win over FCS team Delaware State on November 18.

Delaware State is an FCS member.

While this might make other schools that could have gone to the Independence Bowl feel a bit better that they didn't get hosed (and any school in that situation probably could use the bowl payout, but alas), let's run this back one more time to emphasize this is where FSU ended up this season.

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But on Friday, Florida State released a statement that said Delaware State indeed met the NCAA's bowl requirements because the FCS program gave its players both athletic and non-athletic aid.

Thus, Florida State's win over Delaware State shouldn't count and would leave the Seminoles at 5-6.

CFB Reddit reports that Delaware State is under that 90 percent threshold.

As the AP points out, contracts between Football Bowl Subdivision and FCS programs for regular season games usually stipulate that the FCS program meet the bowl-eligibility requirement.

Florida State could have applied for a waiver through the NCAA's bowl eligibility process had the issue been discovered sooner.

As for the I-Bowl, it's business as usual. But one of them, traditional powerhouse Florida State University, failed to reach eligibility and will play in one anyway thanks to a shrugging NCAA. "We're continuing preparations for our game", public and media relations director for Independence Bowl Stefan Nolet told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday afternoon.

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