With the College Football Playoff taking hold in 2014, ESPN’s Edward Aschoff caught up with several SEC players to talk about how it would affect programs, players and even fans.
Following are snippets from Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. on how they view certain aspects of college football’s future.
Driskel on the current playoff featuring four teams:
“I don’t know if there’s a perfect way to do it, but I think that’s a good amount of games. You don’t want to be playing too many in the playoff because then guys’ bodies would be shot and coaches after the season wouldn’t have time to go out and recruit [as much]. They would lose out on a lot of recruiting opportunities.”
Fowler on the potential of the playoff expanding in the future:
“As players, we don’t think about it like that. We think of it as some players are going to go on and play in the NFL where there are 16 games on top of a playoff and a Super Bowl — mind you that some of those guys play in a wild-card game. By the time they finish, it’s like 20-something games.”
Driskel on how an expanded playoff affects players’ personal lives:
“Fans don’t think about that. Fans don’t think about us spending time with our families or finishing out our classes with good grades. That’s something that they have to take into consideration.”
Fowler on how a playoff affects fan travel, and how supporters of teams will be forced to choose between semifinal and national championship games:
“You can watch us on TV. As long as we win, that’s all that matters.”
Folwer on what additional games mean when it comes to injury concerns:
“It’s a lot of games, but it’s something that you have to prep yourself up for and prepare yourself to just go. You’re going to have aches and injuries, and things like that, but if you want to win it takes hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears.”