My first thought was "that's why we have the NFL, colleges don't need it." My second thought was "what are the games against 1AA opponents if not exhibitions?" But my third thought was "Done the right way this could fix our scheduling problems."
As I observed in 2017 Schedules part 2 very few Division 1 teams play in "week 0" of the 2017 season. It must be NCAA-legal to do so, because 18 teams do. It follows that there is "room" in the season for the extra game.
As I've observed many times, 12 games is the right number for a field of 130 teams but a majority of the 1A teams only play 11 against 1A teams because of the rule change that allows wins against 1AA teams to count towards bowl-eligibility. The NCAA could fix the scheduling problems I've documented by implementing Dabo's suggestion as follows:
We could turn Dabo's idea into a win-win-win. The 1AA teams that depend upon the revenue from an "exhibition" vs a 1A team still get it. The 1A teams themselves get a bit more revenue by hosting a kick-off-the-season party, and we analyst-fans get about 100 more 1A-vs-1A games to analyze/watch.
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