Another year of college football is almost gone, and that means another year of the typical college football championship game between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 2 Clemson Tigers. This will be the fourth time these two teams have met in the playoffs and the third time they have met for the national championship game in the last four years.
Watching these two teams play is always fun, and they are usually entertaining games, but when you see them play over and over you start to crave more variety. With this crave, many sports writers and fans have expressed the idea of an eight team college football playoff.
This would be a great idea for all football fans across the nation. It adds more excitement, more chances for other college teams to obtain the national championship trophy, and the best of all: more football. Although there’s no change coming this season, here is what the eight game playoff would look like.
In the first round, No. 8 UCF at No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Georgia at No. 4 Oklahoma; the winners of those two games would play each other in the next round. Then No. 7 Michigan at No. 2 Clemson and No. 6 Ohio State at No. 3 Notre Dame; again the winners of those two games would play each other in the next round. After the first round, the playoffs would be down to four teams again. You are simply adding one more round to the playoffs, but that adds four more football games between the top teams in the nation.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock has shown no sign of wanting to expand the playoffs despite the majority of fans wanting the change.
“We are confident that four is the right number,” Hancock said.
This is the common excuse that if something is not broken, you should not try and fix it. However, just because something is not broken does not mean it can’t be improved. The NFL has a 12 team playoff and the NFL only consists of 32 teams, compared to college football that only has a four team playoff and a vast amount of teams across the United States. Almost all playoffs in every major American sport has eventually grown bigger and it should be college football’s turn to continue this trend.
By: Stone Hogan, Feature Writer