Some major conferences are considering abolishing games against Football Championship Subdivision teams — like Missouri’s season-opening opponent Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Southeast Missouri.
But Tigers coach Gary Pinkel sees value in the games.
“One thing is we’re playing in the SEC and, trust me, we play a lot of good football teams,” Pinkel said.
Putting a FCS team on the schedule lightens the season-long burden for teams like Mizzou, but it also buoys many of those small-school programs.
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“It’s still about college football and the payday that they get … in games like this tremendously helps their budget, which, in turn, helps college football,” Pinkel said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing it and — I think for that reason, if not any other one — it’s the right thing to do for college football.”
Pinkel also said Monday he favors playing those games against other Missouri schools as often as possible.
The Tigers play Missouri State in 2017 and scheduled another game with Southeast Missouri for 2019.
“That always gives you an opportunity financially to help the in-state schools, so there’s a plus to that,” Pinkel said. “There’s no question about that.”