Ohio State AD Does Not Want CFP Expansion

Though fans may want to see the new College Football Playoff system expanded after schools like Texas Christian and Baylor were left on the outside looking in, Ohio State AD Gene Smith does not want that to happen.

This is certainly strange, as Smith’s Buckeyes likely would not have even been in the national championship picture were it not for this playoff system. Ohio State finished No. 4 in the rankings at the close of the regular season, but still fought and clawed its way to an upset win over dangerous No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl before defeating Oregon in the championship game. On the whole, the team finished with a record of 14-1 (8-0 Big Ten) while remaining undefeated in Big Ten play under Urban Meyer.

Thus, given how much his team benefitted from the new system, Smith’s words were, well, shocking, as was reported by NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.

“Could they (play one)? Sure,” Smith said Tuesday at the Big Ten spring meetings (He also said he expects Braxton Millerto stay at Ohio State in 2015). “Would we have had significant injuries? No doubt. We had a nice gap between the Big Ten championship game and the Sugar Bowl. But we still had guys recovering from playing the gauntlet of the regular season.”

Granted, it’s hard to find fault with Smith’s argument. Injuries are a growing problem in football, and there’s no point in having a huge playoff system a la March Madness if the best players are at risk of winding up injured.

Just the same, considering how TCU finished with the same regular season record as Ohio State with just a conference loss being the sole difference between them, it’s hard to argue that at least some small changes should be made.

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