Real spring football

In light of my last post, this is an awkward question, perhaps, but how many of you will watch FCS football this spring?

In a normal school year, members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team would have just returned to campus to begin the spring term, with a little time to rest up after a fall semester full of football games and a renewed focus on the winter workouts coming up.

But as everyone knows, 2020 wasn’t a normal year. And these aren’t normal times. So when the Mocs returned over the weekend, they did so in anticipation of two weeks of winter workouts that will lead up to official practices — not those of the “spring” variety — starting in early February. It’s all in preparation for a spring semester season in the Football Championship Subdivision, with the Southern Conference playing an eight-game schedule.

The Mocs — who played one game in 2020, a 13-10 loss at Football Bowl Subdivision member Western Kentucky on Oct. 24 — will kick off their league slate with a home game against Virginia Military Institute on Feb. 20. The FCS playoffs will run from mid-April to mid-May, with the field limited to 16 teams (11 league champions and five at-large selections) instead of 24 for this edition.

It’s kind of interesting that they’re using the pandemic to shrink the size of the postseason.

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15 responses to “Real spring football

  1. Personally, I’m not interested. Of course, I’m not interested in FCS football in the fall either.

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    • Let me alter my response. If I could attend a game and have it be an enjoyable experience (a little tailgating, etc.), I probably would go watch KSU (I wouldn’t drive to Greenville for Furman or Macon for Mercer). Would I spend a Saturday afternoon sitting on my couch to watch on TV? No way.

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  2. Illini84

    sure, better than boring ass baseball

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  3. I’d attend a game at Berry College, NCAA Div III, but I don’t think they’re letting “outside” fans into the stadium. Only students, faculty, staff allowed.

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  4. Bulldawg Bill

    “Football!?!?!? You bet!!”

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  5. We’ve talked about attending Furman games if they let the general public get tickets. Social distancing shouldn’t be a problem (in the best of times, there aren’t 200 people in the visiting seats), and if you leave your Power 5 expectations at the door, SoCon football is pretty competitive and fun to watch. We usually try to attend a game in regular seasons when UGA is either away or has an off weekend.

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  6. MudCat's Mechanic

    I’ll watch. My wife will complain about football. Water is wet.

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  7. rigger92

    To me, it depends on how the media will cover it. If there is still a game day show and all the blowhards talking players and matchups? I think I could enjoy it. Is espn going to televise all of the games?

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  8. Dawg in Austin

    Certainly. Come March I’ll be jonesing for football again.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    Yes..next question…

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  10. CB

    I damn near live on Mercer’s campus so I could see myself catching a game or two. Sometimes they pay me to call stats which would be cool, but I’d almost prefer to tailgate.

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  11. CB

    Shrinking the field? Not fair. Now N Dakota State is going to win again for sure.

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