In the end, this is the choice presented by the next round of playoff expansion. What we have now, as evidenced by last weekend,
All in all, it was the kind of day that makes college football unique among American sports: Almost every week, but particularly at this point in the season, the stakes are so high that one unexpected slip-up can change everything. Watching teams navigate that pressure — whether they overcome it like Michigan and TCU or implode like the Vols — is arguably the most exciting part of the season.
And make no mistake, when the Playoff expands to 12, it is going to be different. In some ways, it won’t be for the better.
If we could transport last weekend’s games to, let’s say, 2026, there is no possible world in which they would feel as important or filled with tension.
… compared what we’re about to have.
Over the long haul, that will be good for college football. Though the universe of teams that can actually win national titles probably won’t look much different — the Alabamas, Georgias and Ohio States of the world are going to be hard to unseat as long as they get the bulk of the blue-chip talent — it will be a good thing for more fan bases and administrations to feel like they’re part of the action.
Importance and tension, versus fucking participation trophies. Can’t wait!