Well, ladies and gentlemen, it looks like a 12-team college football match format might be on the horizon.
The College Football Playoff Working Group, consisting of SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson, and Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, is expected to issue a recommendation for an expanded extension format.
It’s an interesting idea that will create more breakout football for teams across the first division which could be entertaining. It’s also likely to save more money for schools and conferences.
But let’s not kid ourselves here, we won’t fix parity in college football as many have been brainwashed into believing it. Schools and finalists want you to think it’s about par and everyone getting a chance, when in reality it’s about generating extra money in a sport that refuses to pay for its work.
I’m not even mad that the playoff organizers and schools are out for more money, I just wish they’d come out and say that and then pay their workers accordingly. But they won’t, especially with zero rising.
If you want to fix parity in college football, have stricter rules on hiring so that not every 5-star athlete can attend Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State or Oklahoma, who have dominated the current four-team format. Of the 28 spots available in the playoffs since 2014, those schools captured 20 seats.
But the NCAA can’t restrict recruitment and restrict where these five-star athletes choose to play, so they are caught between a rock and a hard place. And their solution is just to add more games, while what we’ll continue to see is the same schools consistently making it to the Final Four every year…again.
Want to know why? Because they still have the best players on the field 9 out of 10 times. If you want proof of that, just look at the majority of the top-ranked vs. 4-ranked matches we’ve played in a college football game since 2014. Most of those matches were failures because, in a typical college football season, there aren’t four Teams good enough to win the national title. And there certainly won’t be 12.
In addition, the NCAA now offers the possibility of more injuries to student-athletes, because they may have to go out there and play more games in an already violent sport.
If it succeeds, it likely won’t achieve the goals that playoff organizers and schools say they will. But we know the real motive here.
Fortunately for the fans, this might give us more entertaining matches but it probably won’t change the overall score. You will see that the best traditional teams with the best talent win.
Simply. But hey, we’ll see how it goes.