Of course this has not been an issue for Michigan until last year so it's probably a question that most of us have not really thought about. Why aren't non-bowl eligible teams allowed the 20 practices?
I understand that the NCAA's stance is that since there isn't another game there is no reason to practice. But I think everyone knows that those practices are just as much about next fall as they are one more game this year. The NCAA may also lean on the "academic" crutch but everyone knows that's complete BS.
What a fucking huge disadvantage it is for a 5-7 team like Michigan as opposed to some 6-6 team that happened to win one more game. You would think that it would be in the NCAA's best interest to help lesser teams rise. This is clearly a rich getting richer scenario.