At this point, I am not sure that this information is accurate. However, this appears to be great news though I disagree with Heather’s conclusions. As we have mentioned, Maryland is not an option for the Congressional Bowl because they have exams on the same date as the game. Apparently Navy’s agreement with the Congressional Bowl eliminates Wake Forest as well since the two teams met in the regular season. If necessary, then I imagine Navy could waive this part of their agreement. Assuming neither Wake or Maryland are options for the Congressional Bowl, then this seems to increase NC State’s chances of landing this particular bowl bid.
First, my bad for sending Wake Forest to the Eagle Bank Bowl in my earlier predictions. I didn’t know there was a clause in that contract that prevents Navy from playing any rematches. So that eliminates Wake Forest.
Consider Miami and NC State the top choices for the Eagle Bank Bowl. Before we figure out where NC State will wind up, though, the NCAA has to figure out how it views Clemson.
Here was the entry from earlier today:
The Wolfpack finished the regular season 6-6 overall, the minimum number of wins for bowl eligibility, but it is 4-4 in the ACC, which is either tied with or within one game of the nine other ACC bowl-eligible teams, which technically opens the door from Atlanta (Chik-fil-A Bowl) to Washington (EagleBank Bowl) for the Wolfpack.
But, and here comes the confusing and potentially disappointing part for the Wolfpack:
The ACC has 10 bowl-eligible teams and nine conference tie-ins. According to the NCAA Postseason Football Handbook, the ACC is required to fill its bowl slots with 7-win teams before 6-win teams.
N.C. State is the only bowl-eligible team with six wins, which under NCAA rule, leaves the Wolfpack on the outside looking in.
The NCAA doesn’t legislate the bowls, though. The bowls are contracted by the conferences and the two sides — not the NCAA — determine which teams plays where.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” said ACC associate commissioner Michael Kelly who coordinates the conference’s bowl contracts. “We have to get to the bottom of [the NCAA] rule and work with our bowl partners and the NCAA. It might be another seven days before we have an answer.”
Will Webb, the executive director of the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, said he believes the NCAA rule is open to interpretation.
“It’s really a matter of everyone working together,” Webb said. “As long as the [ACC] can find a home for all of its 7-5 teams, [the ACC bowl partners] can take a 6-6 team.” …
….At best, N.C. State’s looking at four open at-large spots. At worst, there could be two spots for four 6-6 BCS teams. There will be five 6-6 teams from outside the BCS conferences by the end of the week.
220.127.116.11 Exception — 12 Game Season. FBS
An institution with a record of six wins and six losses may be selected for participation in a bowl game under the following circumstances: (Adopted: 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06)
(a) The institution or its conference has a primary contractual affiliation, which existed prior to the first contest of the applicable season, with the sponsoring bowl organization. In the case of a conference contractual affiliation, all conference teams with winning records must be placed in one of the contracted bowl games before any institution with a record of six wins and six losses may be placed in a contracted bowl game. There shall be no contingency agreements with other sponsoring bowl organizations intended to enable an institution with a record of six wins and six losses to become eligible for those contests; or
(b) All contractual affiliations per Bylaw 18.104.22.168-(a) have been fulfilled and all institutions with winning records have received bowl invitations (either through a contractual affiliation or as an at-large selection).