Paul Johnson, noted purveyor of ideas that make too much sense to actually be implemented by the NCAA, left us with yet another suggestion at last week's ACC Kickoff event: to expand the College Football Playoff from four to eight teams. Though Johnson is hardly the first to suggest such a change, he is one of the first college coaches to speak out against the somewhat subjective current format. The biggest issue with expanding from four to eight teams is that it would require an additional game for the two championship teams, pushing the metaphorical maximum from fourteen under the current agreement to fifteen. A possible solution would be to cut off one regular season game, but that seems like a questionable sacrifice for the other 120 teams that don't make the playoff. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2025, when the four-team format's agreement expires.
When it comes to the ACC's Player of the Year award, Clemson's Deshaun Watson is the heavy favorite. It's a position that the talented quarterback has most certainly earned through his otherworldly play since his freshman season; there is just not a single player in the conference with more talent. The good news for Tech fans is that this unparalleled success very well could mean that the 2016 season will be the last time the Jackets are forced to face off with Watson, at least as a player -- his NFL Draft stock has risen to the point that he's widely considered to be the de facto number one pick in May. Of course, there's always the possibility that he shrugs off the pros in favor of one more shot at Tech's quarterback-rewarding defense. It's not ideal, but it's there.
Following a season that saw the ratings of the College Football Playoffs drop by 36% from the year prior, the CFP committee has officially acted to play all future playoff games exclusively on Saturdays and holidays. It probably didn't help the committee's case that the two semifinal games were both massive blowouts, but making the games more accessible for a potentially much larger audience makes sense for all parties. Of course, let's not pretend that the committee is doing this because it's the "right thing to do" for fans. It's all about that ESPN deal, for the most part. The power of $600 million is nothing to sneeze at.
How would you change the current playoff format if given the chance? Would you leave it the same or expand?