One of the conceits about the CFP that’s constantly amused me is fans who think what they want will be a relevant factor in how the playoffs are formatted. You know — eight is that perfect number and there’s no reason to expand beyond that; college football really can’t support anything larger; a bigger playoff would affect class time; yada, yada, yada. That’s working out well.
Oh, yeah, there’s also the “they can’t make the playoffs so big that the average fan can’t afford to travel to watch their team play” pitch. Allow Bob Bowlsby to disabuse you of that notion.
… In fact, during Big 12 media days last week, commissioner Bob Bowlsby told SI that one of the bigger questions up for debate is whether the 12-team model should incorporate more bowl games in its structure. Instead of having first-round games on campus, maybe they should be played at bowl sites.
“We talked a lot about that. I don’t know how much more we’ll discuss it, but that’s certainly an option that could be implemented,” Bowlsby says. “Instead of the bowls playing Dec. 25 week, we can play Dec. 16 and play it at bowl sites.
“I like the idea of playing on campuses, but the fact is, if you’re going to play on Dec. 16 in Iowa City, Iowa…. that stadium is not winterized for that sort of an event at that time of the year. It’s that way for most of the northern half of the country. There are purely logistical aspects.”
They’re going where the money takes them. If you haven’t figured that out by now, you never will.