College Football is near and dear to all of our hearts. We all loved watching Chris Davis Jr. run back the famous Iron Bowl field goal attempt. We all loved when the Michigan punter created a miracle win for Michigan State. Those rivalries are what we live for, and the anticipation kills us all year waiting until the end of the year to see these thrilling games.
Now let’s recollect the shocking upsets that we have seen in college football. Um… Hmm… Oh yeah, Appalachian State’s blocked field goal against Michigan in 2007, how could I forget? Aside from that upset, there aren’t many college football mid-major upsets that really stick in my mind. In college basketball we see these all the time, year after year. It could be George Mason or VCU going to the Final Four, Florida Gulf Coast beating Georgetown, Middle Tennessee beating Michigan State, the list goes on and on. So how do we bring March Madness excitement to college football? I’m glad I asked.
Taking 10 scholarships away from each college football team makes the bottom half of the 128 FBS schools and the 124 FCS schools stronger programs and would make the playing field as well rounded as it could be. Nick Saban hates me for this idea.
Each FBS school gets 85 full scholarships for football. That is an outrageous amount that can hide talent in the depth charts of the top tier schools. Eleven players for offense, 11 players for defense, and 11 players for special teams can be on the field at the same time. Now I am not saying that teams should consist of 33 players; I do understand having a deep football team is vital to a team’s success. But it seems farcical to have players who rarely see the field on full scholarship. The roster size can stay the same through walk-ons and players who simply aren’t as good as the starters not on full scholarship.
Spreading these 10 scholarships around ideally makes the Alabamas, Clemsons, Oklahomas, and Ohio States weaker. The lower FBS schools would have an edge on recruiting, not the stars, but the players who are sitting on the bench waiting to replace the stars. Each team lower on the totem pole gets better, and talent isn’t as wasted as it is now. Powerhouses such as Alabama and Ohio State would still get their star recruits, but the teams in the American Conference and Conference-USA etc. would benefit immensely from this as the talent would shift down. This would even benefit the FCS schools.
As much as the top teams’ coaches would hate this, having 75 scholarships as opposed to 85 could make a difference in the competition we see in college football. This would hopefully create less “bottom-dwellers” at the bottom of conferences of the Power 5 and will make the lesser known football schools more competitive with the big names.
If the NCAA implemented this change to college football, the quality of the games wouldn’t change a bit, but the competition would be tougher because of the domino effect.
I can see it now. Rutgers beating Ohio State. Tulsa beating Clemson. Maybe even a team like ODU can somehow get an SEC team inked on the schedule and give them a run for their money. Crazy right? It happens in basketball, let’s make it happen in football.