When the College Football Playoff was implemented a little over three years ago, just about everyone began thinking that it would eventually expand from four to six or possibly even eight teams in the future. Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez certainly seems to be in favor of that happening.
Rodriguez spoke with ESPN’s Phil Murphy and said that he would be upset if his team was to win the PAC-12 and miss out on making the playoff. He said that having one or more of the Power Five conference champions missing a shot to play for a national title is reason enough to expand things out in the near future.
“I could see a lot of circumstances where the Pac-12 champion has two losses,” Rodriguez said. “If we win the Pac-12, we have two losses and we miss the Playoff, I’ll be a little pissed off. But not really, because we want to win the league. And that’s where expansion to six or eight teams makes sense.”
I am pretty sure Rich Rodriguez isn’t the only one that feels this way about playoff expansion. Just ask the Stanford Cardinal, who missed their shot at the national championship last season or the Baylor Bears, who went 11-1 in 2014 and didn’t get an invite to the playoff.
Expansion won’t be coming this year or for the next three to be exact. But once the current cycle has run its course, you can expect the selection committee to discuss adding two or four more teams to the fold.