Florida State has faced one problem after another since starting the season ranked No. 3.
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. However, they were able to rack up enough wins in the end to become eligible for a bowl game.
Florida State secured a bowl bid for a 36th consecutive season - what the school boasts as an ongoing national record - thanks to three straight wins to close out its schedule, concluding with a rescheduled game against Louisiana-Monroe on December 2.
But a possible administrative error, apparently discovered by a user of the website Reddit, is calling into question whether the Seminoles' victory against Delaware State should count toward the NCAA's bowl-eligibility requirement. An FCS school must extend at least 90 percent of the scholarships allowed (63 at that level).
Florida State is scheduled to play Southern Miss Wednesday in the Independence Bowl, even if the 6-6 Seminoles may not actually be bowl eligible, according to a report from Reddit.
However, after receiving data from Delaware State, Reddit reports that Delaware State had not awarded more than 90 percent of its scholarships, thus rendering Florida State's win over them as one that, by rule, does not count toward bowl eligibility. The Blazers can also run the ball quite effectively as they're 37th nationally (190.3 ypg); that plays right into the MAC school's strength, however, as the Bobcats are 11th in stopping the run (111.4 ypg).
Florida State should have been deemed ineligible based on the scholarship status of their FCS opponent this season.
It's extremely unlikely that FSU would be denied a chance to play in the bowl game. 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. According to the Sentinel, Florida State and the ACC did not respond to a request for comment. It extended the program's nation-leading bowl game streak to 36 years.
FSU wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Lawrence Dawsey will not be retained by new head coach Willie Taggart.
Florida State should cruise to victory and head into the most hard three-game run of any team in college basketball high on confidence.
After beating Delaware State, Florida and ULM consecutively, the Noles received a bid to the Independence Bowl at 6-6.