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.
Under that scenario - and if the information is accurate - FSU's win over Delaware State should not have counted towards the Seminoles' bowl eligibility.
But it all works out, except for the teams that won a necessary amount of games and were forced to sit at home while five-win Florida State gets to play in a bowl game.
Reddit user bakonydraco, an applied scientist from the San Francisco Bay Area, challenges FSU's bowl eligibility based on the Seminoles' 77-6 win over Delaware State on November 18.
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Florida State is slated to take on Southern Mississippi in the independence Bowl Dec. 27, but according to Reddit College Football, the Seminoles never actually earned bowl eligibility.
The NCAA dictates FCS programs must meet that 90 percent threshold for a team to count towards bowl eligibility. This will be the 36th consecutive bowl appearance for the Seminoles, which is considered by many the longest current streak in the nation, although the NCAA vacated the team's 2006 Emerald Bowl appearance. Over the last two years, they did not award 90 percent of their players scholarships, which means the game should not have counted.
"This monumental error should have been caught at three levels: the school, conference and NCAA", a bowl industry source told McMurphy.
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reached out to Wright Waters, the executive director of the Football Bowl Association, who believes this situation "probably happens more than" fans and the media realize.
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At this point, there's no turning back from Florida State playing in a bowl.
Florida State should cruise to victory and head into the most hard three-game run of any team in college basketball high on confidence. It should be noted that the FBA has no jurisdiction on this matter.
The NCAA has an option to extend a waiver to Florida State due to extenuating circumstances, if any action is to be taken at all.
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