What is college football without some controversy? Even with a weak playoff system, there remains controversy. This year Alabama slips into the College Football Playoff even without having won the SEC Championship. Yes, I know the arguments. Strength of schedule, quality of opponents, etc. I think college football would benefit greatly by simply adding four more teams to the playoffs and making it a criteria that the conference champions get automatic bids.
I am not in charge of anything but I’d like to imagine what I would do if I were the king of the college football world. No, I don’t have a degree in college football playoff management or anything important but I have a pretty good idea on how to fix this issue with the playoff selections.
Here’s how it would look if the five major conferences were given automatic bids to my playoff system:
- ACC: Clemson
- Big Ten: Ohio State
- Big 12: Oklahoma
- SEC: Georgia
- Pac-12: USC
Based upon the current rankings, these teams would get the three at-large bids:
If my playoff system were in effect, then the quarterfinal round matchups would be:
- Clemson vs. Auburn
- Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin
- Georgia vs. Alabama
- Ohio State vs. USC
I am well aware that even with my system that there would still be controversy regarding the at-large bids. Penn State and Miami would be arguing that they should be in; however, making the conference champions mean something would go a long way to making the playoff system better as well as adding at-large teams who would still be quality teams to get into the playoffs.
When you look at this eight-team playoff idea, it really doesn’t add much more to the season.
The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) also includes five other conferences such as the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West, Conference-USA, SunBelt and MAC but these guys should have their own division and their own playoff. The only way you could include these guys would be if you expanded the playoff field to 16 teams but I don’t think that is something we are likely to see.
Arguments will abound on Alabama getting in without winning their conference championship and Ohio State being left out in spite of winning the Big Ten but giving all conference champions a berth in the playoffs would help.