Twice as nice

Monday, December 4, 2017

Let me preface this by saying the College Football Playoff Committee got it right.

If Wisconsin won the B1G title, by all means Bucky Badger belonged in the CFP, but the Buckeyes? Not so much. They got beat in their own house by Oklahoma (pre-Iowa State loss), and Ö wait what was I thinking?

Ah, yes.


During an afternoon game no less.

Meanwhile, Bama, which indeed had a joke of a schedule, only lost to an Auburn team that can beat anyone in the country in their own building at night by 12 points.

Any debate in favor of Ohio State reaching the playoff likely centers around a bias against the SEC and rooting interest in the B1G. Itís not a legitimate argument.

But hereís how we fix the problem.

Eight teams.

Itís a breeze to work out the scheduling. Just play the first round of games on Christmas Eve, or whatever day around there that isnít a Sunday and isnít Christmas. (The NBA fills up the ABC schedule on Christmas. Considering Disney owns ABC, and ESPN, they likely donít want to pit two of their biggest contracts against each other.)

The semifinals and championship can stay right where they are.

With that out of the way, who gets in?

Automatic bids for every Power Five (ACC, Big 12, B1G, Pac-12 and SEC) conference champion.

The last three spots are at large bids determined by the final CFP rankings.

In other words, this season weíd have these matchups around Christmas:

1. Clemson v. 8. USC

2. Oklahoma v. 7. Auburn

3. Georgia v. 6. Wisconsin

4. Bama v. 5. Ohio State

The only pitfall with this system is the extreme difficulty for a team like Central Florida to make it in, but the current system makes it 100 percent impossible.

You might not think every conference champion deserves to make it. For instance, the Pac-12 is a desert wasteland of sadness and despair this season.

However, USC is pretty salty, and theyíve got Sam Darnold for star power. (If Stanford won, theyíd still be a tough out, and they come with Bryce Love. The system works!)

If you can win a Power Five conference championship, youíre one of the top eight teams in the nation Ö and if you arenít, there are three at large bids to take care of that.

The switch to the CFP from the BCS was obviously the right move.

Now itís time to make the CFP as good as it should be.

Plus, who says no?

More games, more money for starters, and this way a Power Five conference canít get left out, let alone two.

Proponents of the BCS system always pointed to the way it makes every game so critical. Guess what, the playoff showed up and gave everybody a little more wiggle room. All the college football fans are still watching, partly because teams can find new life and take a shot at a title.

Eight teams only makes that better.