Division I Football Oversight Committee makes recommendation on bowl eligibility for 2020
Congratulations, you’re favorite college football team is bowl eligible!
OK, that’s not exactly the case — at least yet — but the Division I Football Oversight Committee has recommended waiving all bowl eligibility requirements for the 2020 season. This recommendation comes as a result of the unique football season unfolding this fall, with varying number of games, limited nonconference contests and postponements and cancellations of games.
Typically, bowl eligibility requires teams to finish the regular season with at least a .500 record (6-6). If there are not enough bowl eligible teams to hit the 6-6 mark, programs that finish 5-7 will be eligible and will then be selected based on Academic Progress Rate.
“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. “These are important postseason opportunities for our student-athletes, and this will help everyone to prepare.”
Before the requirements are lifted and the recommendation is accepted, it must be approved by the Division I Council. If approved, it will mean essentially every team is bowl eligible at the end of the 2020 season.
The Division I Council is scheduled to meet Oct. 13-14