Trolling the Undefeated


I like Brent Thibodeaux. He does good stuff. However, this seems like Texas State is feeling a little sad after getting stomped by TTU, Houston revealing themselves as terrible, and ULM taking over as tiny-school media darling.

He also mentioned something about UTSA not counting toward’s opponent bowl-eligibility. It is something I hadn’t thought about  (nor really cared to think about until this point) but here are the rules in the NCAA Manual.

page 316: Contest Status. [FBS] A contest shall be licensed only if it serves the purpose of providing a national contest between deserving teams. A “deserving team” shall be defined as one that has won a number of
games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents that is equal to or greater than the number of its overall
losses. Tie games do not count in determining a team’s won-lost record. Further, when forfeiture of a regularseason football victory is required by the Committee on Infractions or a conference, or is self-imposed by an
institution as a result of a violation of NCAA rules, neither of the competing institutions may count that contest
in satisfying the definition of a “deserving team.” (Revised: 10/18/89, 10/12/93, 4/20/99, 12/15/06, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10, 7/30/10) Exception—Football Championship Subdivision Opponent. [FBS] Each year, a Football Bowl Subdivision institution may count one victory against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent toward meeting the definition of a “deserving team,” provided the opponent has averaged 90 percent
of the permissible maximum number of grants-in-aid per year in football during a rolling two-year period.


So, I know that UTSA cannot win the WAC regular season this year, nor participate in a bowl game as part of the transition. I don’t know if all available schollies were at least 90% funded. That should mean games against UTSA should could for at least one “deserving team” right?

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