Originally Posted by RedsBaron
I totally agree.
My alma mater, Marshall University, was in 1-AA in the 1980s through 1996. The playoffs were terrific. A 16 team playoff resulted in a champion being selected on the field not in the polls before Christmas. With an 11 game regular season, no team played more than 15 games.
Had it not been for Marshall's unexpected run in '87 they may never have got a chance at the 1-AA title in future years. The playoffs were a blast and certainly let teams earn it on the field rather than on the rankings sheet. The university also made out very well financially in the process.