There are a couple of ways around the NCAA's transfer policy, which requires athletes sit out one season after switching colleges. Graduate students are granted immediate eligibility, as are certain players who apply for a hardship waiver.
Unfortunately, there is no waiver for players we just want to see at a different program. There is no manual override for a trade that just makes sense on paper, that would make the upcoming season more entertaining to watch.
Trades like that pop into our minds all the time, however, forcing us to indulge hypotheticals such as this. Why can't that blue-chip recruit see the field sooner? What if that small-school star played in the SEC?
But this list did not include all of the best players from outside the power conferences. No matter their skill level, and no matter how much we would love to see them play against the best competition, a player was not considered if he is one of the leaders on a team with a realistic shot of making a College Football Playoff Bowl this season.
The list of players omitted under this clause includes: Shane Carden and Justin Hardy (East Carolina), Rakeem Cato and Tommy Shuler (Marshall), Deontay Greenberry (Houston), Chuckie Keeton and Kyler Fackrell (Utah State) and Derron Smith (Fresno State).
This was done because it doesn't seem right to wish a star player away from a team that could become this year's Central Florida. Blake Bortles wouldn't have been wise to leave last season…right?
Instead, we've highlighted 10 players whose change of school would make this season more objectively fun for college football fans, along with the ideal program we would want them to play for in 2014.
Sound off below with any other trades you can think of!