With the college football season and the number of games up in the air, the NCAA Division I Council announced on Wednesday that college football teams can count two games against qualifying FCS teams toward bowl eligibility during the 2020 season.
The council approved a blanket waiver request for only the 2020-21 bowl season, which allows all FBS teams to count two games against FCS opponents that average at least 80% of the maximum amount of football scholarships during a two-year period. Under previous bowl eligibility rules, FBS teams were allowed to count one game against an FCS opponent that averaged 90% of the maximum amount of football scholarships during the two-year span.
However, according to Nick Carparelli, executive director of the Football Bowl Association, who spoke to ESPN, bowl-eligibility requirement of a .500 record will not change even if the number of games played is reduced during the 2020 season.
“In a season that’s scheduled for only 10 games, 5-5 is already bowl-eligible by NCAA rules,” Carparelli said.
The council also approved new legislation that would allow athletes who receive need-based financial aid or merit-based awards unrelated to their athletics ability to not count against a team’s scholarship limit. The new rule goes into effect Aug. 1.
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