NCAA implements bowl-selection rule favoring 6-6 teams
Auburn kicker Chandler Brooks (29) runs past the official Chick-fil-A Bowl logo at midfield during an NCAA football practice at the Georgia Dome on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Atlanta. Virginia will face Auburn for the 44th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA has cleared up its bowl-selection process, assuring that no eligible teams with .500 records are passed over for postseason play in favor of more well-known schools with fewer than six wins.
The new rule, which was implemented by the NCAA's Division I Council on Wednesday, will be put in place for the upcoming season and says bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be selected for bowl games before any 5-7 teams are considered.
The NCAA's football oversight committee first made the recommendation for the new rule to the council, following a season that saw only 77 teams eligible for the 80 bowl slots. The three remaining slots were filled by 5-7 teams – Nebraska, Minnesota and San Jose State.