The FCS national championship game has become almost as big as an FBS bowl game over the last few years. It draws just as big of a crowd to Frisco, Texas as some of the smaller bowl games do every year.
Because of that, the FCS is looking into the possibility of rebranding the national championship game into a bowl game. There have been talks of turning it into a bowl game, which would give more people a reason to watch it being that it is in the middle of bowl season.
“The public understands playoffs, so we benefit from that for the first rounds of the championship,” Patty Viverito, commissioner of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Pioneer League told Yahoo Sports. “But then when it comes time for the championship game, because it’s in the mix of what is the bowl frenzy, it gets lost. So we think we can have the best of both worlds by having the playoffs leading up to the ‘Football Championship Bowl’ – however it is branded, but with the name ‘bowl’ so that we become part of the bowl lineup.”
The HBCU football scene has had its own national championship since 1920, but last year, they began playing the “Celebration Bowl” to crown the national champion. It kicked off bowl season, so it would be a good thing for the FCS championship game to serve as a buffer between the bowls and the CFP championship game.
FCS teams don’t really get the opportunity to play in bowl games unless they make the jump up to the FBS, much like Georgia Southern, UCF, Appalachian State, and many others have done in the past. Giving two teams this chance would do wonders for everyone involved with the game.
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