With some controversy over the decision to include Alabama over Ohio State, and undefeated UCF's win over Auburn, should the College Football Playoff expand?
The number of people calling for the College Football Playoff to move to six or eight teams seems to be growing.
UCF's big Peach Bowl win over Auburn, a team that knocked off both of the national finalists Alabama and Georgia, was certainly an impact win, even if it is hard to know how "up" for the game Auburn was.
Considering UCF never cracked the top 10 of the selection committee's rankings, it is pretty clear that there was nothing that the Knights could do to make a real run at the four-team field. It doesn't bode well for other undefeated Group of Five powers either. Even with pressure to open the door to other teams, CFP executive director Bill Hancock says that the powers that be are happy with the four team setup. Via ESPN's Heather Dinich:
UCF's perfect season and win over Auburn has some clamoring for playoff expansion, but it's not happening anytime soon. “There’s no talk about expansion,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said on Tuesday. “The commissioners and the presidents are very happy with the four-team playoff.”
To be fair, Hancock was saying the exact same things about the BCS until we got the College Football Playoff, so change is never totally out of the question. However, if there are additional teams, it is likely going to be because it would add a set of lucrative games featuring mostly Power Five programs, and not to throw a bone to a program like UCF.