Is It Time for NCAA to Allow a Preseason Game for College Football Teams?
No, absolutely not. As the college game races to mirror its NFL big brother, one thing it should not add is a preseason to the sport. The opening weeks are already loaded up with FCS opponents and low-level FBS teams that let the power squads kick the tires.
With the playoff coming next season, the last thing college football should be doing is putting more on its players' plates. Training camp is enough, the sport should not be looking to add an August preseason circuit.
If the folks in Indianapolis are looking to add anything to the plate, they need to look at spring and the possibility of allowing teams to get a scrimmage in with an opponent in lieu of a spring game.
Sound familiar? It certainly should.
We hit on it when Dabo Swinney brought it up, for the second time, last March. Then we talked about it again, when Michigan's Brady Hoke said he was a fan of the idea. When David Cutliffe talked about the push and how the NCAA was a slow mover in this regard, we talked about it again. Hell, we even quickly rebuffed Will Muschamp's dismissal of the idea.
In other words, here at Your Best 11, we have put plenty of thought—and key-tapping—behind this move.
Unlike the addition of a preseason that only serves to tax the kids, make ticket holders pay big prices for more meaningless games and help television networks stuff their pockets. The spring scrimmage could be a true win-win.
Do you think that we'll see spring scrimmages against opponents in the next 10 years?
There would be no increase in spring practices—you get 15 and you use 15. Only one would be a scrimmage, if you choose to take that option. If you are a coach that doesn't want to scrimmage, then you don't have to. It's not a game to be played, it's merely an option that you can use.
For those who do want the option, the coaches can agree on format beforehand. They agree on the amount of plays, rules on the quarterbacks and, as we see in a lot of spring contests, coaches on the field coaching up guys on the fly.
All of that would be okay because it isn't about winning, it's just about hitting someone other than your own teammates for the 15th practice in a row.
Oh, and it's something television could sell, which always helps.
There is a movement building and it's not for a preseason. No, it's about changing up the spring so that players don't get bored with the monotony of banging on each other day in and day out. So coaches get to see what their kids look like when a different-colored jersey is across the line.
And, yes, television can scrape off the top, capitalizing on America's second-favorite sport during a time where the sports landscape is largely barren.
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