The Division I Council decided to adjust the way teams are placed in bowl games at its meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis.
“The Council determined that all bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be selected for a bowl game before any teams with a 5-7 record can be considered.
After all bowl-eligible teams are selected, the 5-7 teams – which will be considered alternates – will be deemed eligible in descending order from the highest multiyear Academic Progress Rate in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the most recent reporting year. Those teams will then select the bowl in which they will participate.
If two or more teams have a tie in the multiyear APR, then the highest APR for the most recent single year will break the tie. This process will continue until all the bowl slots are filled.,” the NCAA said in a statement it released on Wednesday.
The statement may seem like a no-brainer, but last season when there were only 77 bowl eligible teams to fill the 80 bowl game spots. The bowl games got to select which 5-7 teams they wanted to play in the game. That resulted in Minnesota, San Jose State and Nebraska playing in the games.
Kentucky and Missouri both finished the season with 5-7 records last year, but were not selected to play in any bowl game. The new rules will go into effect for this season.