An Eight-Team Playoff Is Insufficient
In the spirit of Dave’s shameless self-promotion and in response to Steve’s point that Obama desires an eight-team playoff for college football, I feel obligated to point out that Heretical Idea’s featured article today by my colleague Jon Stonger weighs the pros and cons of various college playoff systems, and concludes that a twelve team playoff with the six conference champions and six wild cards is the superior solution.
Twelve seems to be the right number to me. It lets the good teams in while keeping out some of the dross (unless you win the ACC or Big East- but that can’t be helped). The conference season would still be important since the champions have automatic bids and potential byes. If Oklahoma beats Texas Tech on Saturday, there will be three teams in the Big 12 with one loss. Those three teams (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Texas) are among the best 6 or 7 teams in the entire country. Any playoff that excludes one of these teams is incomplete, inadequate, and unfair.
I was an eight-team playoff supporter before, but I’m now convinced that twelve is a better system.