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Making a bowl game might get a bit easier for Indiana in 2020

It is no secret that Indiana’s traditional non-conference schedule is designed in part to increase the odds of reaching a post season bowl game.

Since college football expanded to a 12 game schedule, a .500 or better record has been generally required to become bowl eligible.

With most teams abandoning non-conference play in 2020 due to the pandemic, reaching the .500 mark won’t be easy.

Indiana appears likely to find at least four wins in its revised eight game all-Big Ten schedule, but a ninth game against a to be determined Big Ten West opponent certainly leaves things hazy.

In an effort to provide more flexibility, the NCAA’s Division I Football Oversight Committee recommended waiving the requirements for bowl eligibility for the 2020-21 bowl season Thursday.

Below is the full release from the NCAA.

Waiving bowl qualification requirements recommended

Football Oversight Committee requests adjustments due to possible pandemic effects during the season

The Division I Football Oversight Committee recommended waiving the requirements for bowl eligibility for the 2020-21 bowl season Thursday.

To be eligible for a postseason bowl, a team must meet the criteria to be considered a deserving team, which is generally defined as having a .500 overall record against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. The Football Oversight Committee’s recommendation would eliminate that requirement for the 2020-21 season. For the 2020-21 bowl season only, postseason games could be played Dec. 1, 2020-Jan. 11, 2021.

Schools must continue to meet Academic Progress Rate requirements for postseason eligibility.

The committee’s recommendation requires approval by the Division I Council, which is scheduled to meet Oct. 13-14. The recommendation recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020-21 playing season.

“Providing a more flexible framework for the postseason in this unprecedented time will provide some certainty moving forward,” said Shane Lyons, director of athletics at West Virginia and chair of the oversight committee. “These are important postseason opportunities for our student-athletes, and this will help everyone to prepare.”

Nick Carparelli, the executive director of the Football Bowl Association, added: “The Football Bowl Association appreciates the efforts of the Division I Football Oversight Committee in recognizing the need for maximum flexibility this bowl season.”

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