Fixing the College Football Playoffs

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The college football playoffs were changed during the 2014 season to a four team system involving a semi-final and a championship game. Before this, there was a more advanced process where the conference champions would play in a bowl game system. Now, a committee of 13 members ranks the top teams and decides which four teams advance to the playoffs.

One of the main problems with this system is that there are five power conferences, so a conference champion will be left out of the playoffs. All of these teams are worthy of a playoff spot and they don’t want to settle for a regular bowl game, which are not as big of a deal.

During the 2018 season, Ohio State won the Big Ten championship and UCF won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. UCF went 12-1 overall and was undefeated in conference play, and Ohio State went 13-1 overall. Neither team was included in the CFP that year and they were both strong teams who deserved to be involved. 

After being left out for the last three years, the Big Ten commissioner, Jim Delaney said in an interview with The Athletic, “The Big Ten would be happy to discuss structure issues with colleagues. It’s probably a good idea, given all of the conversations and noise around the issue, to have discussions with our colleagues.”

There is a movement among fans and coaches to change the system to either a 8 or 16 team playoff. This would allow for the best teams to move on and meet in the championship. There would be more high profile games which would bring in exponentially more money than the current system does. A reform would help college football to improve as an organization. It is the best option to improve the league for the teams, the executives, and most importantly, the fans.

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