I’m a fan of Gary Patterson, both as a coach and as a generally decent guy. But even he’s guilty of occasional bouts of self-interest, I suppose.
Even though TCU was left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff this season, Gary Patterson isn’t one of those people clamoring to see it go from four teams to eight teams.
Nope, he’d like to see it go to six teams.
In doing so, Patterson said the top two teams would get byes, and if the other leagues agreed to do away with their conference championship games, the current playoff schedule could stay intact, and there would be a representative from all Power 5 conferences, along with a true at-large team.
Er, um… wait a minute. Isn’t the Big 12 the only one of the P5 conferences without a playoff? Why insist on the other four changing?
Patterson’s rationale is the SEC is the only conference for which the championship game has been a big hit.
Oh. Spoken like a man who’s been a head coach at the mid-major level most of his career. And was the odd man out at CFP’s first dance.
Don’t get me wrong here. I actually prefer the Big 12’s round robin format for producing a conference champ. But the postseason is all about a money chase and the guys who created what we’ve got aren’t going down Patterson’s road. If – ah, shit, when – the CFP expands, it’ll go straight to eight, because that pays better.
Have patience, Gary. You’ll get there soon enough.