Gabriel Conroy examines the appeal to disbelief.
I wonder how true that is though. Some percentage of those players -- and likely a good number of starters and other key players -- will be gone after the year. How are they worked with during practice? I also wonder how much carry over there is. Perhaps it is most helpful in terms of getting extra reps to backups and players likely to see an increased role the following year, to get a better sense of what they may be able to contribute and to enter the next pre-season with a clearer vision and plan.
You know where I'd want to most look for evidence of this? Betting trends. If certain teams are not using their Bowl prep to not actually prep for the games, you can be certain betting insiders know that and are likely exploiting the info. Those guys know fricking everything.