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Bill Hancock says CFB Playoff not expanding past four teams

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The calls for change are already being voiced about the college football postseason. Sure, the College Football Playoff may expand at some point, but executive director Bill Hancock says that will not be happening during the first 12 years of the new postseason format in college football.

“It is going to be four (teams) for 12 years,” Hancock said (per Brett McMurphy of via Twitter) while speaking with members of the media at the SEC meetings on Tuesday. “There is no talk in our group about (increasing playoff field).”

The College Football Playoff has a 12-year agreement in place with ESPN. It would make sense that a successful four-team tournament could spark interest in expansion to offer more games and make more money, but Hancock is firm in saying that will not happen during the first 12 years. Hancock is simply selling the company line for the College Football Playoff. Nobody knows whether this new system will be a success or a failure. The least we can do is play at least one season before exploring its future changes or modifications.

Hancock took time to share some other thoughts regarding the College Football Playoff as well. Among the thoughts shared, Hancock said everyone is interested to see how the selection committee operates, which makes sense since this is a brand new feature in college football. Asked how scheduling FCS opponents might be viewed by the selection committee, Hancock suggested it may not be quite as much of a drawback as some might expect.

“North Dakota State may be better than ‘team Y’ in one of our (FBS) conferences,” Hancock noted. North Dakota State opened the 2013 season by winning at Kansas State, the defending Big 12 champions. North Dakota State went on to win the FCS national championship against Towson, another FCS program with a victory over FBS competition last fall (Connecticut).

There are good, quality FCS programs out there, make no mistake about that, but even Hancock must know there are only a small handful of FCS programs capable of beating even the lowest level of FBS programs out there.

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11 Responses to “Bill Hancock says CFB Playoff not expanding past four teams”
  1. sportsguy3434 says: May 27, 2014 8:10 PM

    Bill the schools will expand with or without you if there is enough momentum and votes.

  2. 9timd9 says: May 27, 2014 8:58 PM

    4 teams?!? It’s ALREADY a joke! 8 teams will be perfect! GET IT DONE FOOLS! These idiots can never get anything right!!

  3. rsmeans says: May 27, 2014 9:46 PM

    Hancock is right the less teams in the tournament the more likely to find the true best team. almost any top 10 team could on a given day beat the top team as determined by season long achievement and probability theory. When you expand the field you expand the luck or error factor. No where is this more obvious than in the case of college basketball where the last 4 or five winners have seen the pure luck factir, Remember long ago Houston and North Carolina State? Remember the undefeated Patriots and the non conference winner Giants in the NFL final a few years back.

    Playoffs are laughs if you really want the best team I think most fans do want the best team but again football fans are among the dumbest people on earth when it comes to logic and verbal reasoning so there will always be demands for increasing the field and the luck factor. Never expand beyond 4 or better yet go back to the BCS.

  4. 9timd9 says: May 27, 2014 10:04 PM

    Pretty sad when all the lower level FB systems have had it right for DECADES!!

  5. tngilmer says: May 28, 2014 12:04 AM

    How many times after each expansion in the NCAA basketball tournament field did the NCAA say that there would be no further expansions? This is a joke and everybody knows it.

  6. whydoupost says: May 28, 2014 7:09 AM

    Rsmeans: while your argument uses logic and makes sense on some level, the fact remains that you have to show up on gameday, play and win! The best teams do that consistently…regardless of luck!

    A 16 seed hasn’t won the tournament yet!

  7. tampabayirish says: May 28, 2014 7:17 AM

    I would like to see a 16 team playoff (with the first round played on campus) but I will settle for 8…for now. 4 team playoff is unacceptable.

  8. eagles512 says: May 28, 2014 10:21 AM

    Has to be at least 8.

  9. Scott Hevel says: May 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    If it goes to more than 4 teams, then the playoff becomes an open opportunity for any team to make money and build something and, most importantly, cuts out many of the cartel in college football.

    They will hold onto that like you can’t imagine.

    They only went to the playoff because of the heat so many of the bowl people were being scrutinized over money changing hands and team losing money left and right while they make $500K+ for holding 1 event a year.

    The 4 team playoff allows them to control the money and who goes and keeps people from pursuing the same arguments.

    It’s all a sham until we get to at least 8 teams…

  10. andynormile says: May 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    Should be eight. The 5 winners of the power conferences, the top ranked team from the non power conferences, plus 2 wild card teams, as selected by a committee.

  11. nydemocrats says: May 29, 2014 10:15 AM

    Is there anyone out there who will ever be satisfied with the playoff system? Anyone who doesn’t know what’s best for CFB?

    I’ve got a $Grand that says if the playoff system does expand to 8 teams, there will be a sea of naysayers who will demand 16 teams. Then……………………………………….!!

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