I've heard alot of people refer to the added benefits of having 15 more practices because of making a bowl game, but does it really benefit the younger players any more than just getting in the weight room a month earlier?
I played college football in division II for 5 years, and in my first two years by the time the end of the season rolled around, I wasn't really getting any added benefit from the practices. Until I matured physically, extra practices weren't going to make me that much better of a football player. Spring football was definitely a huge benefit to me because I was able to get bigger, faster, and stronger by working out for several months, and then test my new ability on the practice field. I wasn't able to improve my technique very much until I became bigger and stronger, because my technique was more like "damage control", and even if I had good technique I was getting beat anyways. Getting bigger and stronger first enabled me to improve my technique, because then my technique was the factor that decided whether or not I succeeded on an individual play, not my lack of size and strength.
Some players, such as Denard and Tate, would probably benefit more from the addition practices because as QB's they need to make mental improvements more than physical improvements. But I believe that many of the other young players will probably actually benefit more from having a longer offseason, especially under Barwis.