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Idea to Save Bowl Season

In the wake of running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey being selected among the top eight picks of last month’s NFL Draft, it’s now inevitable that more and more high-round prospects will start skipping their last bowl game to avoid injuries. Which is completely understandable, but at the same time foreboding for some 37 non-playoff bowls already suffering from lost luster.

Back in December, one of my Mailbag readers proposed an intriguing idea to renew interest in some of the non-playoff bowl games: Allow teams to play their redshirted freshmen. I loved it, and I’ve since seen others suggest the same.

It turns out, months later, there’s already a rules change in the works that would allow that very thing — albeit for reasons far beyond players skipping bowl games.


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