When college football fans called for a playoff to solve all their issues, they were sadly wrong again. If anything, having a playoff has caused more controversy, and most of the complaints have come from fans of schools left out of the playoffs altogether.
Ok, it’s mainly UCF Knights fans who claim they were unfairly left out of the playoffs last year after going undefeated, but they aren’t the only ones. Ohio State Buckeyes’ faithful felt slighted big time about being left out despite the fact that they won the Big Ten in 2017.
So, do they have legitimate complaints? Actually, they do. So, here are a few suggestions we think the College Football Playoff can use to make the system better.
1. Expand the Playoff to Eight Teams
The biggest complaint about these playoffs is only four teams are picked to get in. By expanding the field to eight, you can include non Power 5 teams like UCF and give them a chance to prove themselves. Don’t get me wrong, this won’t solve every issue, but I think it would solve most of the issues and complaints.
2. Automatic Bids for Conference Champs
Ohio State Buckeye fans biggest complaint was their team was left out of the playoffs despite the fact they won their conference, something Alabama didn’t do, but the Crimson Tide were in based on merit alone. (Although in the 2016 College Football Playoff, Ohio State got in without winning the Big Ten themselves that year, but I digress.) Making the top six seeds conference champions, and adding two at large bids would solve those problems. For example with this past year, Georgia and Alabama would probably still get in, but so would UCF and Ohio State under this format.
3. Reward the Top Seeds with Home Games
Instead of having fans travel halfway across the country to see their team play, the top four seeds should be able to host home games. In this year’s playoffs, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan can all host home games, while the other four teams left, which could include Georgia and Oklahoma, would have to play road games against a more deserving top-four seed.
Expand the playoff, reward conference champions, get some Power 5 underdogs in the mix, and let’s see a playoff game atmosphere to showcase incredible fan bases at home stadiums.