1. Seniors get another year of eligibility (if they want it)
It’s the one big reason why the 2021 college football season might be totally amazing compared to the yuck of 2020 – besides that whole deadly pandemic thing …
Because of the COVID restrictions of 2020, the NCAA has allowed every senior another year of eligibility. For the most part, many of the seniors who hope to have a shot at the NFL are taking off, but a whole lot of them aren’t.
Maybe it’s because they want to up their pro stock, or maybe it’s because they aren’t NFL players and now get another year of college football.
A whole lot of guys who went through the whole Senior Day thing are about to come back.
Who wants to go be a junior underling at Initech when you can live the fantasy life of a senior-plus college student playing football for a few more months?
For example, check out our ACC Pre-Spring Rankings and notice how it seems like everybody gets back everyone – or close to it.
That means a whole lot of teams are going to have ten starters back on offense, or the entire defensive back seven returning, or two 23-year-old offensive tackles with four years of experience.
If this all works, the quality of play should be a whole lot better just because coaches know what they’re dealing with, and they can fix glitches with transfers if needed. Combine that with the likelihood of teams not having to deal with losing players to COVID concerns by the time the season rolls around, and we’re about to get a really, really strong college football season.
We deserve it.