Is A 16 Team College Football Playoff Gaining Steam?


Bigger than 12 may gain advantage the Mountain West


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A ballooned playoff?!?

The playoff growth discuss is again! At Big Ten media days, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith informed ESPN on Tuesday that the discuss round a possible 16-team College Football Playoff is rising

This expanded College Football Playoff discuss was past 12 groups.

“Sixteen simply appears to be on the market,” Smith stated. “You cannot ignore it.”

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez can be on board and appears to be OK with a 16-team discipline.

“I can dwell with 12, I can dwell with 16 β€” I simply suppose we have to broaden,” Alvarez stated. “I feel entry is necessary. I can dwell with 16.”

This is a giant change because the Big Ten, together with the Pac-12 and ACC shut down an expanded playoff inside the previous yr. However, that was earlier than the Big Ten raided the Pac-12 so as to add USC and UCLA.

Even commissioner Kevin Warren has modified his tune. Warren beforehand needed Power 5 leagues to earn auto bids, and that was primarily based on the truth that a Big Ten champion ought to be regardless.

As historical past has proven us, yearly because the BCS besides for 2 would have had all energy leagues in a hypothetical 12-team playoff. The two off years had been a bizarre growth yr when the AAC/Big East had an auto bid and the 2020 COVID-19 season.

Warren informed The Athletic that he desires some type of auto bid however is not sure precisely how that will look.

“I’m going to melt my stance on it,” Warren stated. “I simply really feel like we now have to present some credit score for convention regular-season success. Now, no matter that appears like, I do not know.”

We know precisely how that will look and it’s the proposal put ahead by the four-member playoff committee this previous summer season. The compromise was to present the six-highest rated convention champions to earn an auto bid. That would come with the Big Ten each single yr for its champion to be in.

That six may change with the Big Ten including extra groups and changing into greater than a brilliant convention. However, giving extra of a path to each single convention would go a good distance in preserving the game nationwide and permitting extra groups to make the playoff and on the very least compete for a nationwide title.

We requested our Twitter followers what format they most well-likedhowever not everyone seems to be on board.

The format itself with 16 groups would seemingly imply extra on-campus video games which is a big promoting level for school soccer followers to see a warm-weather SEC staff go within the January chilly of Big Ten nation for a possible snow recreation.

If the ultimate proposal had been to be six convention champions after which 10 at-large bids that would come with no less than one Group of Five staff and probably even two or within the off yr three if there are a number of good ones on the market.

A No. 1 vs. no 16 would seemingly be a blowout and for instance, this previous yr that will have been Alabama internet hosting Oklahoma, if we use the ultimate College Football Playoff rankings. The Crimson Tide would most likely win that recreation however it might be entertaining.

Also, in these rankings, BYU would have made the sector alongside Cincinnati to present two groups exterior the Power 5 a spot.

Most importantly to these from the Big Ten is that 16 groups in a discipline would offer extra possibilities for at-large bids from these leagues. This would remedy some points with the game as it’s contracting with bigger and bigger leagues.

Expanding the playoff offers extra groups hope to make the sector, even when a title is just not in attain for that No. 10 groups. However, that will result in much more enjoyable video games. Conference title weekend wouldn’t simply be a cash seize however automated bids could be gained or misplaced that weekend.

Teams that stumble early may get sizzling late and make a run and earn a spot within the playoff and have an opportunity at a title after a participant will get wholesome or changed on account of efficiency.

The similar 4 to seven groups nonetheless may go to the title recreation however it might present hope β€” which is a really highly effective factor β€” and over time probably unfold the expertise out no less than sufficient to have an upstart or non-blueblood staff win a nationwide title .

This is sort of the flip of occasions from this previous yr and extra entry to the playoff is simply an excellent factor for the Mountain West and your entire sport of school soccer.


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