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Open Bowl Situation

When an open bowl situation develops due to the fact one or both of the original conferences are unable to provide a bowl-eligible team, the value of the conditions of the contractual arrangements negotiated by the conferences and the sponsoring agency may not be increased, but may be reduced, when teams from other conferences are invited to participate.

Bowl Selections Involving Teams with Winning and 6-6 Records

If a situation exists where two or more bowls have at-large positions available, due to the inability of their primary conferences to provide teams with winning and/or 6-6 records, and there are not enough teams with winning records to fill these berths, then the bowls would have to consider teams with 6-6 records as well. In this situation, the following procedures will be followed:

  • 1.

    The involved bowls will be requested to seek agreement for accommodating the team (or teams) with a winning record (e.g., 7-5 or better) and those with 6-6 records.

  • 2.

    If the involved bowls are unable to establish an agreement for accommodating the team (or teams) with a winning record and those with 6-6 records, a bowl selection order shall be determined by a drawing. The name of each bowl shall be included in the drawing, which shall be conducted by the Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee. The drawing shall determine selection order of the involved bowls

    • (i.

      e., bowl drawn first shall have first choice of all teams at or above .500 or with 6-6 records, as permitted by NCAA rules). It should be noted that all teams with records above .500 must be accommodated by bowls included in this drawing.

Two Conference Teams in Same Bowl Game

Two teams from the same conference may participate in a bowl game, but the team filling the open side of the bowl must meet existing selection criteria (winning team or a 6-6 team that is subject to existing selection criteria in as much as the open spot would not be part of the primary contract between the bowl game and the conference).

Clarification of Selection Procedures

The following items provide clarification to selection procedure questions that have been brought to the subcommittee in previous years.

  • 1.

    A conference may not vacate one of its contracted commitments in order to provide its team to an at-large sport in another bowl game that cannot fill its spots.

  • 2.

    A conference team that is 6-6 and plays in a conference championship game and loses to finish with a record of 6-7 may apply for a waiver to allow that team to be considered for a postseason bowl. Conditions that will be considered in such a waiver include whether or not all other conference teams under consideration have 6-6 records and there are not a sufficient number of winning teams to meet the conference’s bowl commitments.

  • 3.

    A bowl may not opt out of a contractual agreement with a conference in order to secure a commitment from another conference without NCAA approval in as much as a bowl’s license is based on its primary agreement with Conference A.


Waiver for Conference Champion

The NCAA Leadership Council may approve a waiver of the six-victory requirement as noted in the provisions of Bylaw, in order to enable a conference champion to participate in a bowl game when the conference champion is scheduled contractually to participate in the game.

Enhancing the Bowl Experience

The subcommittee has adopted suggested policies, which may be found on the NCAA Web site (http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?key=/ncaa/NCAA/Sports+and+Championship/ Football/Postseason+Football/forms) that are designed to enhance the bowl experience for student-athletes and the institution, and to improve communication between it and game management.


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