Alabama & Clemson Show 4 Teams Is Too Many For Playoff
The impatient media clamored for years to get a playoff in college football.
Now that there is one, they are now constantly calling to expand it to eight teams. Yet at the same time they criticize the boring games in the semifinals and moan about the fact that there are only two truly worthy teams and the old BCS system would have not have made them watch Alabama-Oklahoma and Clemson-Notre Dame to get to the inevitable matchup of the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.
All those who say Notre Dame was (again) not worthy after watching the Irish’s pathetic performance should think about the dog games we would have had with eight teams in a playoff.
Ohio State? This is a team that lost badly to Purdue, which was beaten 63-14 by a so-so Auburn team.
Michigan? The Wolverines were not close to being competitive against a mid-tier SEC squad in their embarrassing bowl game.
Washington? Central Florida? Not even close.
The one team that should have been in the College Football Playoff, one that could have given Clemson a fun for its money and did that to Alabama, did not make the Final Four. So let’s make that three playoff-worthy teams, but not four and certainly not eight.
The more you talk about adding teams, the more you dilute the playoff as well as the regular season. It’s the latter that makes college football unique, the fact that a team can maybe only lose once, and if so only to the right team at the right time, that builds pressure, produces close games and makes for monumental upsets.
As a fan of a top team, you’re watching not your school but all others ranked around it, hoping they all lose.
And, of course, in the end it all comes down to the two best teams anyway, Alabama and Clemson. A four-team playoff, an eight-team playoff, even a 16-team playoff (which some media and fans will start wanting if it ever gets to eight teams) would still have come down to that, and then imagine all the negative stories from the same media about having to watch and cover unexciting playoff games involving over-inflated teams.