Florida State is playing in a bowl it's not eligible for

Frederick Owens
December 23, 2017

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles came into the game averaging the fourth-fewest turnovers in Division I (8.8 per game) but committed a season-high 19 against FSU. Head coach Jimbo Fisher departed for Texas A&M prior to the regular season finale against Louisiana Monroe, a game that was postponed from September due to Hurricane Irma and the Seminoles won to reach a.500 record. Florida State, who holds the longest active streak of making a bowl game in college football with 35 consecutive appearances, should have been watching from home this holiday season.

FSU's win over FCS opponent Delaware State on November 18 may not count toward bowl eligibility, according to a Thursday report by Reddit College Football. James also played in all 12 games and had 84 tackles. But one of them, traditional powerhouse Florida State University, failed to reach eligibility and will play in one anyway thanks to a shrugging NCAA.

Regardless, its quite the scenario, especially considering that Florida State had to win its final three games to secure bowl eligibility, including the rescheduled game against ULM.

FSU stands at 6-6 entering the bowl game, including five wins over FBS programs and one victory over Delaware State, an FCS school.

For the Seminoles it's a stroke of luck that will allow them to continue their bowl streak, albeit with an asterisk.

College football insider Brett McMurphy was able to later confirm the report, with Florida State's inclusion in a bowl game being called a "monumental oversight" that should have been caught at three levels.

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FSU wide receiver Nyqwan Murray discusses Willie Taggart's hiring and how the Seminoles are preparing the Independence Bowl against Southern Miss on December 27, while speaking to media on Tuesday. That said, OH stumbled into the postseason having last two games in a row... and they've also lost three bowls game in a row... and, dammit, UAB is just too good of s story for it to end any other way than with a win.

"He's doing exactly his job, and I feel like he wants to implement a relationship with the players", defensive tackle Walvenski Aime said.

Taggart had put together a top-five recruiting class (that has since dipped considerably) at OR before taking the Florida State job.

"I have no doubt a waiver would have been granted" to Florida State, Dannen said.

Florida State had preseason CFP hopes and had no expectation of being borderline bowl eligible.

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