Jon Solomon details the potential new Terrible Teams Getting Into Bowl Games pecking order, which would tack on a UCLA rule and a Hawai'i rule to the standard 6-6 stuff, along with the two items below. My honest reaction to both of these new bowl eligibility items was to laugh out loud by myself:â†µ
5. Up next are FCS teams making the transition to the FBS, if they have at least a 6-6 record. Big winners under that rule: South Alabama, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State and UMass, who are all in the process of reclassifying from FCS to FBS. Suddenly and bizarrely, South Alabama's Aug. 30 opener against Texas-San Antonio in Mobile carries some potential bowl significance.â†µ
6. Finally, the nod would go to 5-7 teams that have a top-5 Academic Progress Rate score. So there's new hope for Duke, which hasn't gone to a bowl since 1995.â†µ
These are the things you have to consider when planning to remove four playoff teams from a 70-team bowl lineup.