While popular sentiment has the College Football Playoff expanding to an eight-team tournament, that isn't the focus of the sport's power brokers.
Teams ranked 5-8 won'thave a prayer vs 1-4. As is there are only 2-3 worthy teams every year and most years the extra 2 games are stupid with the BCS system being better.
I think you're right for the first couple years, then recruiting will smooth it out. One of the issues with the current 4 setup is that the high end recruits are going to the 4-6 teams that make it consistently to the playoffs. Coaching and school has something to do with it, but getting the extra exposure and the being on the main stage each year is something 99% of other schools can't provide. Expanding the playoffs allows other schools to sell their ability to get to the playoffs.
While it's not necessarily the perfect format, I think the 4-team playoff has been an incredible improvement over everything that came before it. It results in exponentially more regular season games down the stretch having important value. Two playoff title games have been decided in the last couple seconds (Clemson vs Bama, and Bama vs. Georgia)Having only four teams has been boring.
the Kaiser model has always been 6.
3 v 6
4 v 5
that should cover all confs and a wild card.
if its 2 SEC, 2 Big10s, an ACC and a bevo...so be it.
The day this happens College Football's Regular season just becomes like every other sport and less relevant. Can't wait for the first time Michigan vs Ohio St or LSU-Alabama, or Auburn-Alabama has the teams or a team "resting multiple starters" as they don't want to risk them to injury as they get ready for the playoff.
Those regular-season games and the outcomes become less relevant.
While it's not necessarily the perfect format, I think the 4-team playoff has been an incredible improvement over everything that came before it. It results in exponentially more regular season games down the stretch having important value. Two playoff title games have been decided in the last couple seconds (Clemson vs Bama, and Bama vs. Georgia)
I think 8 is probably the sweet spot. I wouldn't go more than that. The college football regular season is the best thing in sports, in my opinion. Don't water it down like college basketballs.
We have two games back-to-back every year on or around New Years Day that have national championship implications... CFP semifinal games.i'm on the planet where there is zero playoff and it's delightfully unscientific, frantic, unfair and makes the regular season a car chase or there is a larger playoff where it's actually a playoff. Anything that is in between those goalposts (for me anyway) haven't worked.
I do miss two games going on New Years Day that have national championship implications. It was absurd in hindsight. Our nuanced free world can't handle this anymore because everything has to be a completion and everyone has to have certainty on result.