Video: Will college football playoff grow larger than four teams?

Now that college football has adopted a four-team football, will it grow larger in the future? Eight teams? Sixteen teams? CineSport’s Noah Coslov and Sporting News’ Will Leitch discuss this and potential selection committee members:

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June 27th, 2012
6:23 pm

I hope it grows to the top 8 at least but the top 16 would be even better. They could use the larger bowls and rotate the game assignments year to year.


June 27th, 2012
6:32 pm

Funny name for someone so unevolved. Must be from the little trade school in the hood.


June 27th, 2012
7:04 pm

Darwin evolved himself into a troll. I hope the playoff gets bigger. It would eliminate all the ifs and buts that you have had with the BCS. Four is better than none, but 8 or 16 would be better….


June 27th, 2012
7:13 pm

I hope not. If they make college football like every other sport it will lose it uniqueness that makes it so special. 4 teams is enough

The Man

June 27th, 2012
7:32 pm

Yes Obama will require it for fairness and in 4 year there will be 20 teams and will finish in February or March.


June 27th, 2012
9:31 pm

Need a small number of teams in the playoff so small minds can understand it.


June 27th, 2012
9:34 pm

“Like … ya know, like”

Hey Will Leitch:: lay off the caffeine, dude … and learn to talk like an adult male … you sound like my 14 year old niece. Like, you know what I’m saying?

Toccoa Dawg

June 27th, 2012
9:55 pm

16 teams like the other Divisions is the only fair way to do it.


June 27th, 2012
10:07 pm

Why, why, why, do you want to breed mediocrity into this? 16 teams? 8 teams? If you are not a top 4 team, you have absolutely no business playing for a “national championship”. Obviously, you never won anything in your life without a 3rd or 4th chance to do it.

Rabid Dawg'84

June 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

Jef on the Bachlorette says “like” 10-15 times in a 1-minute conversation. C’mon Em! Pick a grownup.
Oh yea, Go Dawgs.


June 28th, 2012
2:50 am

Ive been saying it has to be at least 8 teams since the beginning. For the life of me, I can not comprehend why they chose to go with 4. Can you imagine the controversy we are going to have every year when they have to choose between 10 teams with only 1 loss?


June 28th, 2012
3:20 am

Four teams in the playoff are a million times better than the old system but until they go to 8 teams most every year there will be a problem with the Committee picking the best 4 teams. The Committee will have a ton of pressure picking at least one team in the playoff from the SEC, Pacific-12 , the Big-12 and the Big -10 whether the team deserves it or not.
With an 8 team playoff then it doesn’t matter if the Conference Champions of those 4 Conferences get in because there would still be 4 playoff spot left and a deserving second team from one or more of the four already mentioned Conferences could be chosen and then if TCU,Utah, Boise State or Notre Dame or Florida State or any other teams not in the four main Conferences have a really good team in a particular year they could go without controversy. 16 team playoff would be way too many unless all the Division 1 team would be willing to abandon all the current bowls and start over with everything concerning post season play.


June 28th, 2012
6:42 am

Rest assured that Darwin is far more evolved than the illiterate Neanderthals that Mark Richt recruits.

Big Al

June 28th, 2012
7:34 am

Gonna have to expand the field so that the curr Dawgs can get in. LOL


June 28th, 2012
7:43 am

The obstacle to anything bigger than 4 teams is the number of potential games a larger playoff would require. To have a 16-team playoff, you’d have to reduce the number of regular season games to 10.

That’s the only way the final 2 would play the maximum 15 games that they have said time and time again that they will not exceed.

I can’t see a bunch of teams willing to give up 2 regular season games which at least one would be a home game.


June 28th, 2012
8:22 am

Four is enough. Eventually greed for money will “Kill the Goose that laid the Golden Egg! Do you really want to see the 16th team play the 1st team and some star on the 1st team get injured and next week if the 1st team wins they get beat. Sets up some really poor games in a playoff situation. Might need to think about increasing scholarships if it is increased to more games. IAA with lesser scholarships suffer when a star starter is injured in the playoffs. We will see.


June 28th, 2012
8:46 am

After reading what the four teams will be in $$$$$$ value, 8 or 16 is on the way. Way too much money involved. That type of money-no one,except sports writers and fans, really are concerned with travel costs.


June 28th, 2012
10:27 am

I suppose you could have an eight team playoff that wouldn’t negatively impact the Major Bowls – which is a prime concern among College Presidents – but only if you schedule the first round in mid-December. That way you should be able to accomodate Conference Championship games, then essentially go to the proposed four-team format. You’d also probably have to have the first round at the home-field of the better-seeded team…that way it would mean that at least half the participants’ fans would only have to make one additional trip to a playoff game – except for the NC game which I doubt any fans would bitch about. Just a thought.


June 28th, 2012
10:32 am

Oops…that would also mean that the season for four of the top eight teams would be over before Christmas. Whether or not that’s a negative depends on how much of your life is devoted to ‘Your Team’.


June 28th, 2012
3:12 pm

Please… more than 4!!!! Why would you want any more. All that will do is make the regular season un-important. The importance of regular season games is what makes college ball so much fun. If you go to 16, then multiple teams with 2 loses and maybe even 3 would play. I hope too never see that. I wanted the top 4, I got it, now leave it alone. 16 teams, even 8….are you nuts….don’t make college ball look like the pros with too many undeserving playoff teams. Four is just enough to get a true champion and that’s all we need….


June 28th, 2012
9:19 pm

Here is where we are heading… 4 super conferences with 16 teams each. Each conference will take its top 4 teams and have a semi final and championship game. The 4 conference champions will then play for the national championship. Each conference will get to negotiate its own television package and the final 4 will be a package divided among the 4 conferences. That is basically a 16 team playoff. It will take a while but we will get there.


June 28th, 2012
10:18 pm

Sure, make it 16 teams, so college football can become just like the NFL – where the regular season is ABSOLUTELY MEANINGLESS.


June 29th, 2012
6:32 am

4 teams is a plenty. If you begin expanding it past that the regular season becomes less important, with 8 teams and definitely with 16 you will see the top teams rest players because they can afford to lose a game and still make it. The only possible expansion that I can see myself agreeing with is a 6 team with the 1 and 2 getting byes. This would allow for incentive for those teams to continue to play hard.

Just imagine if it was a 16 team playoff and UGA with the easy schedule this year goes undefeated until the tech game. UGA rests the starters against tech because they can afford a loss, and loses to tech. First of all that would be a loss to tech which is completely irresponsible, of course I’m sure the 3rd string at UGA could handle tech. But also that is the best home game UGA has, that means there wouldn’t be one good quality home game to watch this year between the hedges.


June 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

No doubt…8 would be perfect but 4 is better than 2!