This offseason has yielded some massive changes to the college football landscape. From name image and likeness rules, conference realignments, playoff expansion and a Power Five alliance, the sport is quickly changing before our eyes.
On Saturday, ESPN’s College GameDay shared a discussion regarding some of these issues.
Longtime analyst Kirk Herbstreit is “concerned” with these rapid shifts.
“There’s so much going on at once,” Herbstreit said. “I think that’s the reason there’s kind of like a step back for college football fans and administrators. I think there’s a few things. Number one, I’m concerned about Greg Sankey now on an island with Texas and Oklahoma and what that has done to the other leaders. I’m concerned now with this alliance. At some point, you have to bring everybody together, everybody’s got to put their personal feelings aside, and if college football is going to grow and deal with all these issues, everybody’s got to get in the same room.”
Herbstreit also referenced the diminishing emphasis on bowl games not included in the College Football Playoff. Once-great bowl matchups have now turned into opportunities for marquee players to sit out and prepare for their NFL careers.
“Your team’s trying to get to the Playoff, and as soon as they’re out of the Playoff, games don’t matter,” Herbstreit said. “Our generation, we don’t understand that.”
The College GameDay crew is posted up in Southeast Atlanta head of a season-opening matchup between HBCUs Alcorn State and North Carolina Central.
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