The debate over what is the ideal schedule for a college team won't die anytime soon. Really, in the end, colleges will find what works best for them, individually.
Some teams that play in the winter/spring decide that fall 7s won't work for them, so it makes sense that others will want to play 15s in the fall, when the weather and timing is right.
The teams in the Liberty Conference know what they want, and in two weeks they'll get it. Instead of a crammed playoff schedule, or, conversely, stopping play right when it's getting good, the teams will play a series of postseason games at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, on Nov. 18.
The matchups are still to be decided, but it looks as though this weekend's game between Northeastern and UConn might decide part of the schedule.
"The [Liberty Challenge games] are a chance to get out of our division," UConn coach Bob Merola said. "We'll get a chance to see a different style of play and that's exciting."
Last year, Delaware coach Struan Murray took a winless Blue Hens team into the Liberty Challenge and came away with a victory that helped rejuvenate his squad.
"We've loved it since day one," he said. "This will be our third one in a row. For us it's an opportunity to finish on a positive. There's a little bit of a spotlight on it and our players buy into it big time."
Do we know the matchups? Not yet but have a look at the standings below, and you'll probably be able to guess a few of them.
Iona will play at Saint Mary's on that day, but many of the rest of the teams are involved. It's highly likely you will see teams with similar records or division finishes playing each other.
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