Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun has an idea for an eight-team playoff model.
The College Football Playoff isn’t perfect, but it’s leaps and bounds better than the old BCS system, which chose just two teams to compete in the national championship. Still, there’s room for improvement moving forward, and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun has a radical new idea that would double the College Football Playoff field.
His system would feature the champions from the Power Five conferences—the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC—two wild card teams, and the winner of the Group of Five playoff.
Pretty straightforward, but what the heck is the “Group of Five playoff winner?”
That Group of Five playoff would consist of four entrants. He didn’t specify how those four would be determined. Maybe it would be the top-rated champions among the Group of Five. Maybe the top rated regardless of conference.
The Group of Five is the name of the five non-power conferences at the FBS level.
The point is, he wants more teams involved and this format would certainly allow for that. He also cited Cinderella stories from other sports as an example of why fans would enjoy this system better.
I have to say, I actually agree with this. March Madness is thrilling for a lot of reasons, but watching a No. 10 seed make a run through the tournament is incredible to watch. It could and should be the same with college football.