Were you curious to see if NC State could bounce back this season and become bowl eligible? Wonder no more about that, my friend, the mission is accomplished: Dave Doeren has done it!
Er, well, technically the D-I Oversight Committee has done it. On Thursday they recommended waiving bowl eligibility requirements—namely, the requirement that a team be .500 or better. This still needs approval by the D-I Council in mid-October, but consider it a done deal.
With the Big Ten and Pac-12 voting recently to play fall football after all, the decision to make everybody bowl eligible is bad news for mid-major programs, since I’m sure many bowls will be inclined to take power-conference schools with losing records over those mid-majors that are more deserving based on their on-field results.
But it’s great news for a team like NC State, which may struggle to reach .500 in a year where there is essentially no non-conference padding for the record. Cheers!