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We Don't Need to Expand a College Football Playoff Which Already Has Teams That Can't Win the National Title

It's time to go on my annual diatribe, folks.

After thrashings by Alabama and Georgia on Friday, we have now witnessed 16 College Football Playoff semifinal games. Twelve of them have been decided by at least three possessions, with the average margin of victory in all 16 semis sitting at 21 points. Yet for some reason, the prevailing sentiment across college football is that we need more teams in the Playoff — many go so far as to say the field should be tripled.

Why, exactly?

We're now on our eighth CFP and there has yet to be a single year where all four teams had a realistic chance of winning the national title — I can only think of a couple where there were even three. Neither Michigan nor Cincinnati belonged on the same field as the two SEC teams who had their way with them yesterday. And I'm understanding correctly that somehow the solution is throwing Utah and Pittsburgh in the mix?


People like Brandon Walker claim having games between the likes of Notre Dame and Pitt before we reach the inevitable last couple teams standing would make things more fun. Why? You already get the matchups you're clamoring for in the rest of the New Year's Six bowls. If Cincinnati and Michigan weren't good enough to compete for the national title, I can assure you Pitt isn't — and more importantly, they don't deserve a chance to win it.

There were precisely two teams in all of college football capable of winning the national championship this season and we'll get to see them play in Indianapolis on January 10. Why would we want to add eight more teams into the mix to randomize the results? Everybody wants an expanded Playoff until you end up with a Utah-Oklahoma State national title game.

Because you know who's watching that? Nobody. All the people who say they want new teams in the CFP every year will mysteriously be busy that Monday night.

Every regular season game being a life and death scenario has always been what sets college football apart from every other sport. 11-1 Alabama had to beat the undefeated, No. 1 team in the country to even get into the College Football Playoff, where it now sits one win away from a national title. That made the SEC Championship game unbelievably intriguing. In a 12-team model, you may have seen Georgia resting starters.

Nothing needs to change unless anyone else wants to go back to the BCS so we can all save ourselves six hours on New Year's Even, in which case I'm all for that.