College Football Playoff: Jim Harbaugh Advocates For Expansion

Jim Harbaugh is an advocate for College Football Playoff expansion.
Harbaugh, whose Michigan Wolverines were not included in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season, appeared on the “Jamie and Stoney Show” on 97.1 The Ticket this week to share his thoughts on the current playoff system.
While Harbaugh’s plan still wouldn’t include the Wolverines, he’s in favor of a 16-team system over the current four-team bracket.
Harbaugh commented on the FCS system as an example of why an expanded field could work.
“I would change it to 16 teams,” Harbaugh said, via Will Burchfield of CBS Detroit. “FCS, they’ve got a great system. It’s been in place for many years.

“If not 16, then 12. It makes all the sense in the world. You’ve got the best way to do it, a playoff. The argument is, ‘Well they would have to play 15 games.’ There’s teams playing 15, 16 games already and that’s only if you’re in the championship. Our regular season right now is 12 games. You go to the Big Ten championship, that’s 13 games. You go to the playoffs, semifinals, there’s 14. Play in the national championship, that’s 15.”
The FCS system — which actually includes 24 teams — begins the playoffs in the last week of November before playing the championship game in early January.
Considering the FCS season ends in early December, the timeline could work.
Of course, there has been plenty of expansion talk since the inaugural College Football Playoff took place, but there has yet to be any real progress. There will also be no stopping the discussion of adding more teams to the playoff field, because coaches are always going to be slighted.
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