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VIDEO: Brian Kelly stumps for eight-team playoff

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As you may have heard, a new system for determining an FBS champion will be implemented after the 2014 season, with four teams fighting for the right to be called the first-ever champion of the College Football Playoff.

While we’ve yet to even make it to the first year of the CFP, many people, myself included, feel it’s a matter of when, not if, the field is expanded to at least eight teams.  The reasoning is simple: already astronomical, the money an expanded field would bring in would be too much to overlook as football programs, Power Five and Non-Power Five members alike, look to unearth any and all revenue streams in a sport that will see costs rise in the very near future.

In that vein, there are also five power conferences, which means that at least one of those leagues, and perhaps two, will be on the outside of the playoff looking in any given year.  It won’t take long for a conference or two to get snubbed X amount of times over a period of years before the league or leagues start stumping for an expanded playoffs.

And then there’s the obvious: much like arguing over which teams are Nos. 4/5 is progress over which teams are Nos. 2/3, arguing over which teams are Nos. 8/9 — or even Nos. 16/17 — represents progress over Nos. 4/5.

During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly discussed numerous topics, including the playoffs.  Kelly, who began his coaching career at Grand Valley State — a school in Div. II, which utilizes a playoff system to determine a champion — used some of his time with Patrick to push for an eight-team playoff, saying “four’s a great start but I don’t think it’s enough.”  Along with the eight teams, Kelly is in favor of, if there is an expanded playoff, first-round games being held on the campus of the higher seed.

Of course, all of that is at least a few years down the road, but it’s still worth a listen.

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10 Responses to “VIDEO: Brian Kelly stumps for eight-team playoff”
  1. drummerhoff says: Aug 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    Has a college football team ever played a schedule with 3 top 8 schools in back-to-back-to-back weeks?

    An 8 team playoff is not going to identify the best team in the country.
    It’s going to give us the winner of a tournament.

  2. lastdukestreetking says: Aug 28, 2014 5:37 PM

    @drummerhoff – A tourney winner just like in every other NCAA sport. FBS football should be no different.

  3. jimr10 says: Aug 28, 2014 5:49 PM

    8 team playoff is the only way Notre Dame will make it to the playoffs…

  4. pauldeesghost says: Aug 28, 2014 6:49 PM

    Kelly is a dick but I’m with him on the 8-team playoff.

    The winner of each Power 5 conference gets a spot, then the college football politburo decides on three at-large teams.

  5. barkleyblows says: Aug 28, 2014 7:38 PM

    Of course he would. That’s the only way Notre Cheat has a shot!!

  6. navyeoddavee9 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:55 PM

    Even with 8, ND would probably still be on the outside looking in

  7. ahugusf says: Aug 28, 2014 10:28 PM

    I’m sure it will happen as the greed upside kicks in, plus imagine the exposure a football bracket will bring . . . December Madness!

  8. huck222 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    Make ND join a conference and have every team play 9 league games and 1 non-conference game, with a possible Championship conference game…. Depending on seedlings, the first two seeds have a bye week in each of the 4 brackets so they can have a 32 team playoff called “The College Holliday Festival!” Then we will really see who the top teams are and which conference is the best and giving the non-power conferences a shot at the title. Just a thought… What do y’all think?

  9. florida727 says: Aug 29, 2014 7:53 PM

    Notre Dame fans will thumbs-down this post, but it’s true… RIGHT NOW the only way ND gets into the playoffs is if it’s expanded. Too much depth in the power conferences for them to get in. Sports is cyclical though. Anyone who thinks the Irish won’t soon return to elite status under Kelly is a fool. They will be back, just not in the immediate future to get into a 4-team playoff, that’s way Kelly wants 8.

  10. cupajoe32 says: Aug 29, 2014 8:19 PM

    I know is impossible, given that college football ends a few weeks before NFL, but would love if the college playoff lasted 3 weeks (with 8 teams), with the championship game occurring in the down weekend between NFL’s divisional games and the super bowl. It would fill in the void that only the NFL’s pro-bowl fills.

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