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This is just how a playoff is supposed to work, right? A bunch of undefeated teams putting their perfect records on the line, with drastic consequences for the loser?
Absolutely … except that college football is getting a playoff-before-the-playoffs this season, with the release of the committee’s first College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night merely serving as the curtain raiser.
Not everyone was happy with the initial list, which is about as obvious as saying not everyone votes for the same political party at election time. Conjecture, division and wildly disparate theories are all par for the course when it comes to analyzing the actions of the decision makers.
“This is why you need more teams in the playoff system,” FOX college football analyst Reggie Bush told Colin Cowherd on FS1’s The Herd on Tuesday. “An expanded system, eight to 10 teams, because of these issues right here. There are only four [playoff spots] and five power conferences. There is always someone who is left out.”
Given the regularity with which the SEC has had two representatives in the playoff, there are routinely two “someones” on the outside looking in. Calls for an extension to the postseason continue to grow with each passing year.
An ESPN survey of 62 college head coaches, conducted last offseason and released on Tuesday, showed that 30 coaches were in favor of expanding the Playoff to at least eight teams, with 23 against. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh even proposed an 11-team format that he believes would settle all disputes.
The merits (or otherwise) of a fresh CFB Playoff fo
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