The first game of the FCS spring season is only one month away on Wednesday, so college football 2020 may eventually be embraced as the longest season ever. It got worse over the final two months of the season, including six bowls that were canceled from Dec. 15 and beyond.
The stadiums that went silent this past fall are now filled with quiet confidence and, yes, rising voices and whistles as schools in the lower half of Division I slowly return to practice for an atypical spring season that's been born out of the COVID-19 pandemic. All roads still lead to Frisco, Texas, where the season, which kicks off next month, will be completed on May 16 by the championship game of a 16-team playoff - down from 24 teams in a normal fall season, but still considered the pride of the FCS when compared to the FBS postseason. Kyle Moats, the Missouri State athletic director, is installed with guiding the playoff as chair of the FCS selection committee.