Sunday, November 7, 2010

How The Idaho State Win Almost Didn't Count For UGA's Bowl Eligibility

UGA rolled over Idaho State 55-7 yesterday as expected to move their record to 5-5 on the season. The Bulldogs still need one win over Auburn or Georgia Tech to become eligible for the 15th straight season.

We all know with the introduction of the 12th game a few years back, FBS schools can now count one FCS win towards their necessary six wins for bowl contention.

What you may not have known is the caveat that comes with a win over an FCS team. That FCS team must have 90 percent of the total permitted scholarships allocated to count towards post season eligibility.

Well, Idaho State is under NCAA sanctions and had their normal scholarship number of 63 reduced due to lack of results in Academic Progress Rate scores.

The Bengals of Idaho State have 56.7 scholarships on their roster, just making the 90% mark and giving UGA a bowl eligible win.

I wonder who has the 0.7 of a scholarship? But it made all the difference in the world as 56.6 would not have made the 90% cutoff.

Could you imagine if UGA lost out on bowl eligibility because of this?

Kudos to Sen. Blutarsky at Get The Picture for this story.

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