It's a very specific, odd wrinkle in the rule for bowl eligibility, but given the lengths that Florida State took to become bowl-eligible, fans have been quick to point to this potential hiccup in the Seminoles' postseason status. "These media reports represent incomplete information, as they only reflect athletics scholarships received".
Reddit requested access to Delaware State's scholarship statistics and discovered that Delaware State used 87 percent of its grants-and-aid toward football players, but in order for an FCS opponent to count toward bowl eligibility, the school must at least have given 90 percent of its scholarship limit to players.
Six wins are what it takes to be bowl-eligible, with some leeway for five-win teams to enter the mix if there aren't enough six-win teams to fill the myriad of games. The Noles' 42-10 victory over Louisiana Monroe - in a game played December 2nd after being canceled on September 9th due to Hurricane Irma - gave Florida State their needed sixth win of the season.
FSU's 77-6 home win against Delaware State on November 18 should not have counted towards the Seminoles' bowl eligibility, according to a report from Reddit College Football. "If it was amusing, it would be a comedy of errors".
Honestly, this has nothing to do with anything that Florida State did wrong.
Dodd also noted that the FBA has no jurisdiction on this matter. When this game was scheduled earlier this year, the Hornets may have been at that 90 percent mark (or 56.7 scholarships for non-math majors) and they may have been at the start of the season before suspensions, dismissals or transfers that happened over the course of a year.
Neither the Seminoles, ACC or NCAA noticed this, and as a result, the Independence Bowl extended an invitation to Florida State while Buffalo, Western Michigan and UTSA will all miss out on bowls this season despite being eligible. "We're continuing preparations for our game".