"Oh no! Without all the brain trauma where will all the new republicans come from?"
You don't have to make this political. Enthusiasm for football is a bipartisan fetish.
"My concern is with smaller schools that have to play 11 man because of their enrollment but don't have enough kids out to really play 11 man. What then?"
Then the program shuts down for lack of interest. Back in high school there was this guy who was really good at gymnastics but there wasn't enough interest at our school for a team so the neighboring school that still had a program took him on. Couldn't that be a workable solution in many instances?