Yesterday, while sitting in a suite full of NCAA executives at the Gary Regional, David Mulloy and I made KSR history by actually making friends with people from the NCAA. According to a source I talked with, the NCAA has been in discussions on the possibility of a 5-win team making a bowl game this coming football season. The minimum number of wins required will remain at 6 for the time being, and even though there have been talks of raising that number, the NCAA expects there to possibly not be enough 6-win bowl eligible teams this season to fill up the required 70 spots to play in 35 bowls.
There is usually an average of roughly 71 or 72 teams in all of FBS football who are bowl eligible to fill up the 70 spots, but with Ohio State, Miami, and North Carolina not eligible this season (3 teams that normally make bowls), it’s possible for there to not be enough teams to fill all 70 spots. On the other hand, USC is coming off of bowl ineligibility and will provide an extra team that was not eligible last year. If they are not enough 6-win eligible teams to fill up the 70 spots, the NCAA will have to make one of two choices: 1. cancel the bowl altogether, or 2. select a 5-win team for the final spot. They aren’t likely to cancel the bowl because of the money involved, and because a team that “earns” a bowl bid by winning 6 games would be left out.
As far as Kentucky is concerned, this is obviously interesting news because the Cats could be right around a 5-win team again this year, in a contract year for Joker.
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