What is one answer coaches give when talking about the advantages of qualifying for a bowl game? Sure, it’s an opportunity to reward the players and staff for a great season, but the biggest advantage a bowl game brings is extra practice. The extra practice has nothing to do with the completed season. It is an opportunity to get an early scouting report on early enrollees and incoming transfers who are enrolled for the spring semester.
If these new guys are on campus and they are eligible to practice with the team for the upcoming bowl game, why not make them eligible for this bowl game? For teams like Alabama who are playing in the College Football Playoff, you may not want to work the early enrollees into the game. However, allowing them to travel and dress out for these games will provide even more experience to see what the big stage is about.
Imagine if guys like Jalen Hurts could get playing time in a bowl game rather than waiting until the Spring game to get their first taste of live action. And by live action, I mean vanilla offense and defense that they will never see in a game of any consequence during the actual season.
To sweeten the pot a little more, the NCAA should allow players who were redshirted during the current season to be eligible to play for the bowl game without losing eligibility toward the next season. I think DawgNation beat me to the punch on this portion of the idea. Which begs the question: If DawgNation and Punt On Third Down are for it, then who should be against it?