The idea of an eight-team College Football Playoff has floated around for the past few years, but we’re still not at that point where it’ll be installed. Judging off the latest reports though, it’s possible it could happen soon.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, an athletic director at a major conference program revealed a potential eight-team model that could work. It would feature all of the Power Five champions, two at-large bids and a Group of Five representative.
For those wondering what an eight-team model would look like this season, you’re in luck. ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler shared a projected format on Twitter.
The top four seeds in this format would host their first opponent in an eight-team Playoff.
LSU would host Memphis, Ohio State would take on Baylor, Clemson would clash with Pac-12 champion Oregon, and Oklahoma would battle Georgia.
Fowler also included the betting lines for all these games. The only spread that would be close is the hypothetical showdown between the Bulldogs and Sooners.
Here’s a recap of the first-round matchups:
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— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 10, 2019
The potential downside to this format is that an extra round of games is added to the postseason. On the other hand, it would give a few more teams a chance to win the national championship.
Do you prefer the eight-team CFP model or the current setup?