University football picked a terrible calendar year to incorporate to its at any time-growing checklist of bowl game titles, but of course, no one expected a globally pandemic would impact the 2020 year at the time. If bowl game titles are to be played past those people managed by the University Soccer Playoff, the NCAA will have to make an adjustment to the eligibility criteria for participating in those people game titles.
There are 41 bowl game titles scheduled for this year, up a person from past calendar year, next the cancellation of the RedBox Bowl. Assuming they can safely be played amid the coronavirus — yeah, I know about the risk of assumptions — that signifies 82 groups will be participating.
The present-day bare minimum criteria for eligibility are a .500 history and 6 wins.
The Huge 10, Pac-twelve and SEC have now completed away with nonconference engage in, leaving every of their groups at present scheduled to engage in ten game titles or fewer. The ACC is heading to engage in ten meeting game titles and a person nonconference recreation, 11 overall. The Huge twelve and Group of 5 leagues have but to announce any timetable changes.
It is not hard to see that there will not be just about more than enough groups to fill 41 bowl game titles centered on the present-day bare minimum criteria.
The only adjustment the NCAA has announced so much is that groups might rely two wins around FCS groups for bowl eligibility alternatively of the usual a person. That does nothing at all for the 4 Power 5 conferences that have now adjusted their schedules.
The rational factor to do in a problem exactly where groups are neither participating in more than enough game titles for the present-day conventional to be satisfied nor the very same range of game titles they generally do is to fall the win overall need and say anyone .500 or improved is qualified.
It is nonetheless unlikely that will end result in 82 bowl-qualified groups, but they can continue to fill in slots with sub-.500 groups as they have in the earlier, probably working with successful proportion alternatively of win totals to identify the individuals when breaking ties by APR as has constantly been the scenario.
This is not an problem exactly where the NCAA is dragging its toes. There really is no rush to set a conventional until schedules turn into final. The bowl game titles are not played until late December.
The NCAA will get there, and when they do, this will be the rational way to go.