Jim Harbaugh has a vision.
On if an 8- or 16-team playoff would water down the regular season: “The 1-AA teams have been very successful at that model. If my math is right, right now if you played through a national championship game that would be 15 games. If there were a 16-team playoff, it’d be 16 games under the current model. You’d probably take away the league championship game, put it at 16 games and only the two teams in the national title game would play that many. … Most teams would still play 13.”
Note that he never answered the question.
If you want to know what he’s thinking about…
Harbaugh pointed to how the Football Championship Subdivision playoff “model has been successful.” The FCS has a true tournament feel and has grown from its initial four teams in 1978 to 24 teams since 2013. [Emphasis added.]
Maybe it’s just me, but “a true tournament feel” and “water down the regular season” sure seem to have something in common. But y’all go on and keep telling me how the FCS is different from the FBS because whatever.
Postseasons grow because there’s money in it, pure and simple. Deny it all you want, but D-1 football isn’t immune from that.