"There's a lot of people out there crying for a playoff system," Chavis said recently. "Where would you be if we had a playoff system? You look at the 1-AA, and none of the top four seeds are playing in the championship game.
"Everybody says if you had a playoff system the best team would win the championship, and that's the farthest thing from the truth."
Chavis, who is wrapping up his 19th season with the UT coaching staff, believes the upsets that rocked the playoffs in the NCAA's Championship Subdivision (formerly Div. 1-AA) this year suggest that a tournament format in football is not about the survival of the fittest but the survival of the luckiest. He says the same would be the case if the Bowl Championship Subdivision (formerly Div. 1-A) were to adopt a playoff format.
"The team with the fewest injuries and the luckiest draw would win," the long-time Vol aide said. "Why would you want to put college students through that type of situation? I know there's a lot of college coaches out there who are for it but they're playing enough games right now."