Jacksonville State football’s future looks bright as they head to a bowl game in their first season as an FBS program. South Carolina’s loss to Clemson has secured a spot for the Gamecocks in one of the 41 bowl games as there won’t be enough teams to fill the 82 spots needed.
The 8-4 JSU Gamecocks should find themselves competing in one of the CUSA-affiliated bowl games after their narrow loss to New Mexico State. Despite hitting the six-win mark, the team had to wait for NCAA rules to level out the playing field due to their transition from FCS to FBS level.
According to Coach Rich Rodriguez, the NCAA legislation doesn’t always make sense as it prohibits transitioning FCS teams from participating in bowl games during the first two years at FBS level. However, Rodriguez remains optimistic about the Gamecocks’ chances and expressed his thoughts after their recent win over Louisiana Tech.
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