Race for the Playoffs

The Oklahoma Sooners, led by quarterback Trevor Knight, are a favorite to earn one of four spots in the new College Football Playoff. Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
The Oklahoma Sooners, led by quarterback Trevor Knight, are a favorite to earn one of
four spots in the new College Football Playoff. Photo courtesy of Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

By Greg Echlin

Let’s face it: We’re in the midst of an industrial revolution in the world of college football. Five power conferences were recently awarded a favorable vote for autonomy from other NCAA conferences; a long-awaited, four-team football playoff is in place for top-tier college programs; more higher education institutions are fielding football teams; and there are more bowl games on the postseason slate than ever before.

Steve Hatchell, president and CEO of the National Football Foundation, said the promise of football offers something for players and schools alike. “They’re playing it for a lot of very valuable reasons,” he said. “Kids have an opportunity to go to college, play football and get a degree. And the colleges like having it. They’re not adding football programs just for the heck of it. They’re finding it’s a great benefit to their schools.”

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