After initially standing firm behind the idea of keeping the College Football Playoff at four teams, decision makers have begun to publicly suggest the postseason format will expand eventually.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis recently echoed the sentiments of Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson – who said other commissioners are “following the script – in predicting an expansion of the playoff beyond four teams.
“I’m not so sure that four is the right answer,” Hollis told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “I think it’s the right answer for the short term. I think you’re going to have more teams feel slighted by not being a part of the process than when there were two. Being on the basketball committee, you kind of see that play out. Exponentially, the more teams there are, the more you feel they should have been the ones to get in. It’s going to be interesting to watch that process.” [Emphasis added.]
Wait – doesn’t he know that football and basketball are totally different? I mean, that’s what everybody keeps telling me.
I’ll say it again: the four-team playoff doesn’t make it to the end of the contract. And the only question I’ve got about the eight-team playoff is whether the step after that is to twelve or sixteen schools.