The topic of expanding the College Football Playoff has been thrown around even before the playoff actually took place in January of this year. Some fans and coaches feel like four teams isn’t enough to determine a true national champion, but most of these people are also involved with teams who just barely missed making the playoff last season. And well, of course Mike Leach.
ESPN had three college football reporters from ESPN the Magazine on Sportscenter late Monday night and it seems like the possibility of the playoff expanding is very slim as of right now. ESPN College Football Playoff reporter Heather Dinich talked about the expansion and made it pretty clear that four teams will be the magic number for some time.
“I’ve talked to almost every conference commissioner this offseason and there’s no desire to expand the playoff. I spoke with Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff. Nobody is talking about this anytime in the near future.”
ESPN College Football reporter Chris Low believes that the only way the playoff expands from four to eight teams is that a “blueblood gets left out.” This means that a team like Alabama or USC would win its conference championship, but not play in the playoff because the conference beat up on each other all season long.
Until something like that happens or an independent team like Notre Dame gets in over an undefeated team, I can bet that the four-team playoff will be sticking around for better part of the next decade.
This football season is surely going to be an exciting one.
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