What will the 2023 transfer portal cycle look like when the FBS window opens on December 5th? One Pac-12 staff member perhaps summed it up best: “This will make December 5th the most important day on the college football calendar.”

With a window looming on the horizon, we asked this exact question (and many more) to more than a dozen FBS players and recruiters to preview what promises to be an off-season blockbuster for an overloaded version of college football free rein. As one person in the know told me this week, “There are some players who are happy with their school and decide to enroll just to see what kind of NIL package they can get.” We’ve seen plenty of examples of this latest cycle, but this time we’re expecting even more.

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Adding to the chaos are some significant rule changes that will affect how this loop works. Schools are no longer limited to signing only 25 starter tokens per cycle. This means that programs can aggressively revise their listings to sign up for the 85 scholarship cap. Many across the country believe that this will lead to players being excluded from the rosters. The NCAA also passed a rule requiring schools to retain scholarship transfer athletes until they complete their qualifying hours or until they earn a bachelor’s degree. This means there is more risk than ever when transferring to an undergraduate degree because they are stuck on the list no matter what.

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This is the first cycle with transfer portal windows that will run from December 5th to January 18th for FBS with another period from April 15th to April 30th. Players can no longer enter the portal whenever they want, although there are always exceptions to the rule. These rules do not apply to the transfers of graduates and players whose head coaches have left the program, so the athletes have already begun to enter the portal.

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How do schools feel about these rule changes? How widespread is interference in the NIL era? Let’s dive into what you can expect from the portal in the coming months.

Note. 247Sports has spoken to at least one staff member from every FBS conference. They will be honored based on their conference history.