The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, along with the ACC, have filed a motion to allow them to go to a bowl if they were to lose the conference title game to the Florida State Seminoles this weekend and finish at 6-7. The NCAA adopted a rule prior to the start of this season that stated a 6-7 would not be bowl eligible if there are enough over .500 teams to fill all 35 bowls.
However, the NCAA also has a clause that allows for a 6-7 team that picked up their seventh loss in a conference championship game to go to a bowl if there are not enough bowl eligible teams for that season. In 2012 though, all 70 bowl positions have been filled.
The reason Georgia Tech is in the ACC title game to begin with is because the 7-5 Miami Hurricanes have removed themselves from bowl contention for self-imposed disciplinary reasons. The Yellow Jackets will be attempting to use Miami’s decision to withdraw as a factor in their appeal.
A similar situation occurred last year in the Pac-12 title game when the UCLA Bruins were inserted into the game at 6-6 for the ineligible USC Trojans. UCLA ended up losing to the Oregon Ducks and finished at 6-7, but were still selected to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Western Kentucky, who was 7-5 in 2011, was passed over along with other bowl eligible teams.
If Georgia Tech is accepted to a bowl then it would leave at least two teams that are eligible out of the mix, with a few others that could become bowl eligible this weekend.
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