Saturday morning’s edition of College GameDay took an interesting turn.

In today’s era of college football, opting out of bowl games has become a popular decision for some of the sport’s highest-profile players. Those with high draft stock often decide to sit out and begin training for the upcoming NFL Draft.

To say College GameDay analysts Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit aren’t fans of the opt-outs would be a massive understatement. Both were asked for there thoughts on players opting out, and they each had a lengthy response.


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“What’s the difference for a player to say these games are meaningless? Des, you and I played in ‘meaningless games’ … I just don’t understand. If you don’t make it to the Playoff, how is it meaningless to play football and compete?” Herbstreit said. “Isn’t that what we do as football players? We compete.

“I just think this era of player doesn’t love football.”

“That’s what I was about to say,” Howard responded. “We’re dealing with a different mentality with these student-athletes nowadays, especially football players. I mean, their whole mentality is about the championship, the Playoff. … Because of that, they don’t value the bowl games.

“Now, kids don’t really care about that. They have a sense of entitlement and it’s like, if they’re not going to the one that matters, it doesn’t have as much value to them.”

Below is the video from the College GameDay discussion regarding opt-outs.