The NCAA’s New Criteria For 5-7 Bowl Teams Is The Dumbest Sh*t I’ve Ever Heard

Its been a crazy college football season so far, so the NCAA figured that it would add to the ridiculousness by announcing a new criteria for five-win teams looking to play in a bowl—and the teams who’ve been shitty on the field better not be shitty in the classroom, too, or they ain’t going bowling.

With at least two 5-7 teams—and as many as five—set to earn bowls this season even though they won’t reach the six-win threshold, the NCAA announced that the new criteria will be, wait for it, the Academic Progress Rate of those teams sitting with a losing record.

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That’s right, it’ll come down to grades to determine some of the this year’s games, meaning we could be left with both shitty and rare matchups.

According to SaturdayTradition, here’s the current top-5 in the scenario, which includes ties, based off of the school’s APR:

985 — Nebraska (5-7)

976 — Missouri (5-7)

976 — Kansas State (5-6)

975 — Minnesota (5-7)

975 — San Jose State (5-7)

973 — Illinois (5-7)

973 — Rice (5-7)

I get that college football players are student-athletes and the NCAA wants to prove that term’s worth, but this is a dumb way to figure out matchups for postseason play. I mean, shouldn’t it come down to strength of schedule, bad losses, etc.? I guess an A- in the classroom means more to a football game than, say, a win over a ranked Power Five team.

Whatever, I’ll just skip over the crappy games these teams play in anyway.

[H/T SaturdayTradition]

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Nick's a Sr. Editor for BroBible, mainly relying on his Sports Encyclopedia-like mind to write about things. He's also the co-host of the BroBible podcast "We Run This," and can be seen sweating his ass off while frequently running 10+ miles around Seattle.