NCAAF: Looking Ahead to Potential Playoff Expansion

With bowl season on the horizon, the 2017 college football regular season is in the books. The four teams that will compete in the College Football Playoff are Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama. It is almost universally agreed that the 4-team playoff at the end the season is a much better system than the two team national championship ways of the old BCS. The playoff games generate millions of more dollars for college football as a whole too.

This hasn’t stopped debate about how to further improve the playoff format though. Many people are talking about an expansion after the somewhat controversial exclusion of Ohio State. In a sport as crazy as college football, where shocking upsets happen weekly, an expanded playoff would surely create more memorable moments.

Due to the large amount of revenue and excitement generated from these playoff games, many forecast further expansion of the 4-team playoff into a larger format with more games. Many coaches such as Washington State’s Mike Leach, Air Force’s Troy Calhoun, and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh have called for an expansion of the 4-team playoff system.

Here are some options that Leach, Calhoun, and Harbaugh would love to discuss.

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