I mean, we all know the best team is probably Alabama, but why not expand the College Football Playoff to eight teams so we don’t even need to debate why Oklahoma got in ahead of Georgia and Ohio State? Let them play it out on the field! More football is not a bad thing, right?
The College Football Playoff Committee came to the conclusion that these were “the best four teams”:
- Notre Dame
In reality we all know that they aren’t the best four teams, and some politics or weighing some metrics like conference championships or losses too heavily played a factor. I don’t know a single person who thinks that Notre Dame is one of the best four, but to their credit they didn’t lose so they’re in.
The arguments against expanding the CFP have been that it wouldn’t be as exclusive or lucrative, or it would be too easy to get in if they expand it, and also expanding it would add another game and the kids can’t handle it with their class schedules.
As for argument #2, that’s BS. That’s actually laughable that anyone would say that out loud. The NCAA doesn’t care about the class schedules. We all know that.
Argument #1 on the other hand, is eight teams really making it too easy to make the CFP? The general consensus is that we would put the power five conference champions in, the highest ranked group of five team, and two at-large bids if we went to eight teams.
The conference champions this season are Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Washington. The highest ranked group of five team is UCF, a team who has been fighting to make the CFP for two years.
When you add Notre Dame and Georgia in as the two at-large bids, it works out PERFECTLY. You could argue that Washington may not be one of the best eight teams, but they won their conference, so they would likely get the eight seed in this scenario.
The bracket would look like this, based on the rankings that the committee just released:
This would be college football heaven for us fans. Play the quarterfinal games just before Christmas, play the semifinal and championship games as they are now.
The traditional bowl games that get assigned by conference champions (or runners up) would be essentially ruined by this format, but there would still be two of the six new years six games available after this eight team playoff, so they could rotate them yearly so conferences still have an opportunity to get representatives in the traditional conference matchup bowl games. For example, the Rose Bowl would have traditional matchups between Pac-12 and Big-10 teams every third year as the bowls rotate.
For what it’s worth, here are my BEST eight teams, who I would want to see play each other for a national championship:
- Ohio State
- West Virginia OR Washington State
Washington is six now that they’re healthy and have all of their athletes back, and they look really good. Winning the conference helps as well. As for Washington State, they probably would have won the Apple Cup against Washington if it wasn’t in the middle of a blizzard, slowing down the air raid offense, and they’d only have one loss and a conference championship right now.
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