Pressure mounting for College Football Playoff expansion

The first year of the College Football Playoff system appeared to be a success.

The Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oregon Ducks, who reached the final with a win over Florida State, on their way to a national championship.

However, some teams were not satisfied after being left out of the four-team playoff field.

With teams being left out, the pressure is mounting for the College Football Playoff to expand to eight teams. But how could that work with the current schedule?

TCU head coach Gary Patterson offered up a solution: start the quarterfinals earlier.

“If you’re going to an eight-team playoff, you’re going to take the [conference] championship away,” he said, via CBS Sports. “And they’ll be OK with it because with eight teams that’s going to make up [financially] for the championship game anyway.

“You have to play the quarters early. Everybody has finals, everybody has stuff that is going on. If you have an early signing date, you’ve got to play it then.”

Per Patterson’s suggestion, the quarterfinals would take place on Saturday, Dec. 5.

For now, there appear to be no immediate plans to tweak the size of the College Football Playoff. However, if the pressure continues to mount, we could see a change within the next few seasons.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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