In what was a first for the FSU football program, the Seminoles were forced this season to reschedule a postponed game in order to become bowl eligible.
Under that scenario - and if the information is accurate - FSU's win over Delaware State should not have counted towards the Seminoles' bowl eligibility. After beating Delaware State, Florida and ULM consecutively, the Noles received a bid to the Independence Bowl at 6-6.
A Reddit College Football investigation discovered that the Seminoles' win over FCS opponent Delaware State did not meet the NCAA requirements to qualify as a win toward bowl eligibility.
FSU's 77-6 home win against Delaware State on November 18 should not have counted towards the Seminoles' bowl eligibility, according to a report from Reddit College Football. "We are continuing preparations for our game between Southern Miss and Florida State".
And it turns out that Reddit report was correct, but it is too late to replace Florida State with a bowl-eligible team that was left out of bowl season. Over the last two years, they did not award 90 percent of their players scholarships, which means the game should not have counted. "If it was amusing, it would be a comedy of errors".
Wright Waters, the executive director of the Football Bowl Association, told Dennis Dodd of CBS that he believes this situation "probably happens more than" fans and the media realize.
User bakonydraco submitted a post, which has been confirmed by multiple sources including Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN, that Florida State's 77-6 win over Delaware State should not have counted toward the team's bowl eligibility.
Only athletic scholarships being factored into the math would explain how Florida State allegedly didn't hit the necessary 90 percent.
"This is a matter between the NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State".
Neither McMurphy or Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel was able to get comment from the ACC or the NCAA.
The NCAA has an option to extend a waiver to Florida State due to extenuating circumstances, if any action is to be taken at all.