BTW, Jake Butt’s career NFL stats so far: 8 catches, 85 yards.
Maybe I missed it – I sort of live in a college football haze/bubble – but I just had Chick-fil-A, so the famine didn’t seem to show up quite yet.
I don’t have a cough or the sniffles, so there doesn’t seem to be a whole bunch of pestilence …
So if I’ve got this right, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey skipped their respective bowl games back in 2016, and life still exists and the world hasn’t ended?
(Feel free to insert your own joke here about other aspects of 2016.)
We’re all past having a problem with top players sitting out bowl games aren’t we?
Get ready for a mass exodus of NFL prospects to blow off meaningless bowl games to prepare for the next level – and not risk injury – like we’ve never seen before.
And it starts with Alabama.
It’s not an exaggeration that if the Tide got into the College Football Playoff along with Ohio State, LSU and Clemson, that might be close to 20% of the NFL Draft among those four teams, and definitely that much if you want to throw in Georgia and Oklahoma.
By a rough estimate, and not counting Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama might have at least ten players skipping whatever exhibition game it’s going to …
And it’s okay.
The games will still be interesting no matter what. The guys who play in these things are going to give it a push, and sometimes, they might be the better option than NFL talents playing not to get hurt.
There will still be things to bet on and reasons to pay attention to the TV rather than make polite chit-chat at whatever soulless holiday gathering you’re forced to be at.
Coaches will leave for other teams, some teams aren’t going to be all that interested or sharp, and lots and lots and LOTS of players are going to make the correct business decision. That’s the deal now.
And remember, it’s not just about the money, it’s about actually wanting to have a real pro career, too.
So let’s do this. 16 players sat out last bowl season to get ready for the NFL.
I’m going to set the number this time around at 28.5.