Four is not enough

While Tuesday's news will be met with open arms by college football fans near and far, it is only the first of several steps that must be taken.

And it all boils down to this very simple statement:

Four is not enough.

While a college football playoff is a significant improvement over the old BCS, it's only a small step in what will ultimately be a much larger event.

The question has to be asked, "Why delay the inevitable?"

Seriously, why?

From a financial standpoint, if $500 million can be made with a four-team playoff, why can't $1 billion be made with eight teams? Or even more with 16?

From the football perspective, aren't there more than four teams deserving of a shot to play for the National Championship most years? How about undefeated Houston or a loss Boise State team?

Or a two-loss Oregon team that got hot the final nine games of the season?

Honestly, does anybody watch the NFL? They settle it on the field with 12 of 32 teams making the postseason. The team that gets hot at the end - wins.

What a novel concept.

Lastly, in case you missed it- the Football Championship Subdivision (formally known as Division I-AA), is actually going to a 24-team playoff this year.

And guess what? It works for those schools and those student athletes.

Yet here we are stuck with four teams- and that doesn't even begin for another two years and once it begins, it is basically in place for 12 years before any significant changes will take place.

Oh sure, there could be some tweaking here and there, but in all likelihood, it could very well be 2026 before an eight-team (or more) playoff is even voted on by the powers that be.

More teams vying for college football's playoff breeds more excitement for the regular season, not less.

More teams equals more money.

More teams means more interest.

In fact, more is better when it comes to college football. Think about it - it's one of the few sports that isn't anywhere close to having an oversaturated market.

Major League Baseball teams play 162 games, and that doesn't include spring training nor the postseason. NBA squads play 82 games, many of which are meaningless and that too ignores 10+ preseason games and potentially another 15-20 in the playoffs for the eventual champion.

College baseball plays 60 games. College basketball has more than 30.

The NFL even plays 16 games, plus four more in the preseason and then the playoffs.

College football has 12. That's it. 12.

And now, on top of the 12 game regular season, we are supposed to be happy with merely a four-team playoff?


It's not rocket science, but yet the powers that be sure want to make us think it is.

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