The FCS goes there, announcing a 24-team playoff beginning in 2013.
“The concern has been we’ve haven’t had a full tournament with automatic qualifiers for all the existing conferences. That’s a big part of making sure everybody has an opportunity for their champion to participate,” said Appalachian State athletic director Charlie Cobb, the new chairman of the Division I Football Championship Committee. “The sentiment is that by seeding the top eight, it keep more to a truer sense of what a national tournament is about, and I think that’s the beauty of what we have.”
That’s a five-round tourney with the finalists playing 15- or 16-game schedules. But that’s okay, because it’s really not just one season.
“It’s tough,” Cobb said. “But the playoffs are called the second season for a reason. Once you get to it, everybody’s got a chance. And I think if you ask any coach or any player, they’d rather be in the playoffs than not in the playoffs.”
It’s not that FBS players are such wimps. It’s that they don’t know what they’re missing.