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Should College Football Expand Its Playoffs?

Jay Abner

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For many years, fans of college football have been begging for the playoff process to be fixed. Despite their pleas, college football remains as a very popular sport, which indicates that people are still watching. Many fans say that there are already too many bowls and that the current selection process is good.

Stewart Mandel, a writer for Sports Illustrated magazine, conducted several interviews while visiting Tampa, Florida. In his January 12, 2017 article for the magazine he reports that  coaches, athletic directors, players, bowl executives, television executives and industry officials are completely satisfied with the current playoff system. On the other hand, according to Josh Slagter in his article for MLIVE, some fans believe that four playoff teams is too few and that an eight or even sixteen team playoff  would be better because there are currently five “power 5” conferences and only four can make the playoffs. As a result, one conference is always left out of the equation. Expanding the conferences would eliminate this situation. Expanding the playoffs would provide more opportunities for teams to participate, but it would mean a longer season for the players and a season that would extend well into the second semester of classes.

There are pros and cons for both sides, and we will just have to wait to see if changes will be made in the future. When Marty Ronan, 12 was asked if the college playoffs should be expanded he said, “ I don’t think it matters because no matter what, a team is going to get left out.”

Also, Jaylene White, 12 said, “ Yes, it should be expanded. If you are a conference champion you should automatically get a spot in the playoffs.”

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