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.