One of the most common debates in college sports is whether or not the College Football Playoff features the right programs. While it appears the best team won the championship this past season in Clemson, it’s fair to argue which teams deserve the opportunity to be part of these postseason games.
Every year it seems like six or so teams are battling for the four spots in the Playoff. As you’d expect, that means multiple programs are getting left wondering why the committee didn’t vote them in.
The biggest omission from the past few seasons has been the Big Ten. It’s certainly one of the major conferences in college football, but teams like Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin haven’t received their chance to make some noise. The Buckeyes won the inaugural playoff, but the conference has been left out three years in a row.
Well, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez spoke about the College Football Playoff, and he didn’t hold back at all.
“I was never satisfied with (the BCS) and thought four (teams) really helped college football,” Alvarez said. “I thought that would be it. But when our league is left out of the Playoff three years in a row, I’m not happy about that. I don’t think we have followed the criteria set by the commissioners in naming those four teams.
“There’s a way you could go to eight teams very easily, starting a week early with a bye with the top 4 seeds. Any team would have a chance to win. I think it will expand, I just don’t know when.”
It’ll be interesting to see if the playoff does expand its format in the near future.
Regardless of all the complaints surrounding the playoff, it does help that college football rewards four teams now instead of just two.