What Would Expanded College Football Playoffs Look Like?

What Would Expanded College Football Playoffs Look Like?

We’ve all heard the talk promoting an 8- or 16-team college football playoff. Commentators both celebrated the death of the BCS, and lamented the new system. The Big 12’s exclusion from the 2014 playoffs amplified calls for expanded playoffs. Arguments for Stanford rang out this year, proponents insisting the Pac-12 compiles the strongest conference schedule. Expanded playoffs grant more teams a shot at the national championship. Simple. Obvious. Why not give Baylor and TCU a chance last year? Stanford has an Outland Trophy winner and maybe a Heisman winner in 2015. Why not let them in? Wouldn’t more teams generate more excitement? In principle, playoff expansion is simple. Let’s dig a little deeper, however, and question if expanded playoffs are better for the game. EIGHT-TEAM PLAYOFF USING 2015 FINAL RANKINGS The college football playoff committee selected Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, and Oklahoma as the 2015/2016 national championship field. An 8-team playoff in 2015 would pit Clemson against Notre Dame in the first […]

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