There have been many critics of the idea of expanding the College Football Playoff from its current four-team format. Among them is Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who reiterated his problems with expanding the tournament this week.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Saban stressed that if the College Football Playoff expanded it would further reduce the importance of the non-championship bowl games.
"I think the playoff ... continues to expand to minimize the importance of those (bowl) games, maybe to the point where those game won't even exist," Saban said. "I'm not sure that is the best thing, overall, for college football."
Saban stated bluntly that he is not in favor of increasing the playoff field to eight teams.
"Which I'm not sure is good for college football," Saban said. "I'm not really for going eight teams in a playoff. It's a hypothetical question, that I have enough issues and problems to solve without thinking about something that may or may not happen."
Saban has won two of the four College Football Playoff tournaments since it was introduced in 2014, beating Clemson in 2015 and Georgia last season.
As a member of the playoff field in 2018, Alabama remains the only team to have participated in all five editions of the tournament.
Saban has had no trouble winning national titles in different formats though. At LSU he led the Tigers to a national title in 2003 by simply winning the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. He then won the BCS National Championship Game three times in his first six years with Alabama.