Monday practice notes - *** College basketball teams are allowed to scrimmage against other programs in the preseason, but football teams are not. Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre said he wishes they were allowed to scrimmage against an FCS opponent in the preseason in order to work out some kinks before the opener. “And therefore the [FCS] school could get the money and it would help their budget,” he added. LINK I think that's a great point. I heard Dabo Swinney talking about how if the current movement to get FCS games off the schedules of P5 programs happens, it will kill those programs financially. The domino effect is fewer colleges having football programs with it trickling down from FCS to D2. And if that happen, we'll see participation rates decline at the high school level since there won't be as many scholarships available. Less incentive = less participation. So, for the good of the game, he said that P5 schools need to play those games. Now, his comment was obviously a self-serving justification for padding the record with cupcakes. But there is something to that. So, how about giving fans what we want with entertaining, competitive games all 12 weeks (FBS vs FBS), but also do something for the good of the game? Allow a scrimmage against an FCS opponent the week before the season starts. Opportunity to make more money with an extra home date (plus you know these would get televised), work out some of the bugs in live action instead of when it counts, and do what is best for the game of football by supporting FCS programs? I'm all for this idea. But only if it means no more FCS opponents on FBS (at least P5) schedules.