So how long before the College Football Playoff doubles in size?

"Get a load of these ratings, coach Meyer." (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch-AP photo)

“Get a load of these ratings, coach Meyer.” (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch-AP photo)

"Get a load of these ratings, coach Meyer." (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch-AP photo)

“Get a load of these ratings, coach Meyer.” (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch-AP photo)

Dallas — Two senior ESPN executives were awaiting the 7:15 flight from New Orleans to Atlanta the morning after the Sugar Bowl. One had been checking her phone every 30 seconds for the overnight ratings. She offered a guess as to what the numbers for the inaugural College Football Playoff would be. Another exec offered his guess, a slightly higher one. Both undershot.

The Sugar Bowl pairing of Ohio State and Alabama drew 28.3 million viewers; the Rose Bowl match of Oregon and Florida State drew 28.2. They were the highest-rated programs in cable TV history. The two semifinals drew bigger audiences than any of the past four BCS title games.

Yes, I think it’s safe to say we as a nation were ready for a playoff.

Would the ratings have been as massive if, say, Baylor had played Bama and TCU had faced Oregon? We’ll never know, but this much is clear: When you attach the word “playoff” to anything, you heighten the stakes, the tension and the interest. (Ask the NBA and the NHL.)

That we Americans love our brand of football has long been a matter of record; that we might love it even more when there’s a tournament format — as opposed to one championship game and a string of meaningless bowls — shouldn’t really have surprised anyone. Nor should it come as a shock that there’s talk that the playoff could expand any day.

In a Reuters story Friday, Steve Ginsburg quotes Randy Grant, a college professor of economics, as saying: “I could very much see them going to eight next year.”

No, that wouldn’t make TCU and Baylor feel very good, but them’s the breaks. For TV, there’s no success like excess. (How many “Law & Order” spinoffs were there? How many versions of “CSI”?) Me, I think four’s a pretty good number — were our lives lacking because Mississippi State didn’t make the tournament? — but television money will drive this bus. And, only two games in, the destination for the newborn CFP appears to be bigger if not better.

From myajc: A national championship that actually feels national.

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OH_IO
OH_IO

Too bad for the dogs, Their only hope is to be the 2nd SEC! SEC! team in. 


Not gonna happen.

OH_IO
OH_IO

It will not be 8 during this contract. 

OH_IO
OH_IO

dogs can watch their OH So Vaunted SEC! SEC! Network tonight.


Tune into  SEC! SEC! Basketball

Peachs
Peachs

Money does drive the bus and that is why you are going to see more diverse participation from more sections of the country in college football and more winners coming from populated areas that have the combination of televison audience and money, just like the pros who seldom include Atlanta.  Here is where SEC traditionalist fail to get it, but like planet of the apes you will see a day when people question your sanity when you tell them the SEC owned college football once upon a time. What they owned was the politics and for years held back the reality of a playoff.  Now they had the first playoff round, and the political was beaten the first round and the real teams advanced.  The AJC and all the kings men can put it back together again.

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

How long? Not soon enough. The sooner they expand it the better. That being said, if they are still voted on then it won't solve anything. Until they adopt an NFL style system where winning conferences gets an automatic bid, maybe even a bye, and division winners play week one it will continue to be the weakest way to find the champion.


How hard is it? Take the human vote out of it.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

The path forward seems pretty clear at this point - consolidate into four major conferences, each conference gets a slot in the playoff for their champion. If your school does not join one of the four major conferences it is not eligible for consideration.

auburnjohn
auburnjohn

There's too much money to not eventually go to 8, but it'll degrade the fan aspect:


1) Are you asking a team's fans to travel three straight weeks across the country?  (I already heard fans dismiss traveling to the semifinals. If your team wins, go to title game; if they lose, why be there?)


2) Or are you playing first round on the higher seed's campus?  If so, when are you playing it?  The week of Christmas?  When students have gone home?


3) Or are you stretching the title game into mid- to late Jan. and competing more with the NFL playoff machine?  

GTDude
GTDude

go to eight - each of the power five conference champs + 3 at large which will be chosen by the committee.

the committee then seeds the tourney...

easy peasy

Drexel-Gal
Drexel-Gal

Even Al Sharpton cannot complain about this matchup (but, I'm sure he will).

BlueDawg
BlueDawg

Until the NCAA determines a national champion the same was as the GHSA determines a state champion by rewarding each conference/region winner a position on a single elimination bracket, then subjectivity will always be a part of the national champion.

L8_again
L8_again

I disagree on 8 teams because your gonna have a lot of empty seats. The other factor is the number 6 thru eight teams would rarely be good enough to win the tournament so why have meaningless games ?

HotDawg
HotDawg

With current contracts, it will.be many years before it is legitimately considered.

The dust hasn't even settled on the first year. 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Coach Richt says the playoff should be expanded to 50 teams and one game should be played in Tampa or Orlando since he and the Dawg Nation know all the good restaurants  in those areas.

OH_IO
OH_IO

If you don't earn it, don't bark about it. 

PigIron
PigIron

I'd guess that it will be at least 11 more years. That said, should the playoff field be extended to 8 teams, the hue and cry will begin immediately for 16 teams. Fans of losing teams shall always seek the magical silver bullet that will allow them to become fans of winning teams. A three month long playoff tournament, unfortunately, is not the panacea that they seek.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i dont think it should be expanded it should only be for the elite and i dont want to see lesser teams like baylor or old mi$$ getting in

OH_IO
OH_IO

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Friday that there were plenty of reasons why a four-team model was picked, and nothing has changed that after the first of a 12-year contract.

"We know we were able to keep the regular season and keep the bowls, keep the experience and the tradition of the bowls," Hancock said. "So this worked out really, really well. We couldn't be happier."

Larger brackets were toyed with when the playoff concept was first being put together. But some things are preventing an expansion: notably, more travel for teams and fans and the locations for extra games.


foxsports.com

OH_IO
OH_IO

That is Kardashian in the gym dog ad. 

OH_IO
OH_IO

Urban said it's been football for 22 weeks with 3 days off for Christmas. And by the way, he said, study your iPads. 


Class start Monday. Professor's discretion as to grant an excused absence for going to the game. 


Where do you get the extra week for 8?


I know I know!!

We could use the late November SEC! SEC! Classics Week. 

OH_IO
OH_IO

dog in a hole,


No dog, no hole. 


Tissue?

OH_IO
OH_IO

Won't happen anytime soon and that's baaaaaad news for the dogs. 

maxman2660
maxman2660

wont be long because we all know the NCAA is all the benjamin's

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

Baylor and TCU deserved to be in the playoff.  And GT (as a possible 8 seed) proved they could beat any body.  A 8 team playoff would be much more interesting than all these meaningless bowl games.   And it seems from the attendance of the other bowls, that people are realizing non-playoff games are just not that important.  

FarTrain
FarTrain

Why is this game being played on a Monday night?   I agree with most of what tekila1 just said.  Do they not realize (or even care?) that most people have to get up and go to work on Tues. morning?  It should have been played on Fri. night which is a great night for football.  That is proven by high school football and it's over now.  You just know it will start later than scheduled and will end after midnight, and 3,678 commercials.  TV shows no common sense and logic in this decision.

tekila1
tekila1

8 teams makes a big question. When do you start the playoff? The week after the conf champ games? So then teams that make the playoff but don't play in a conf champ game will have an advantage. 

Also the big 12 needs to be allowed to have a conf champ game with 10 teams. Or else that isn't fair. 

If you started the playoff around new years, then you're looking at late jan for the champ game. That's too late. Look how many days are between the playoff this year and champ game. They could have played that game this week. But they want Monday. SO some things need to be fixed before they expand. My belief is have the playoff start the week after conf champ games. Same week army navy play. 

Then have the 4 left play on or around new years. Then the champ game a week later.

SmyrnaGuy
SmyrnaGuy

As a Dawg alum/fan, my vote is for 16.  It's about the only way UGA will get in

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgDadII This would be nearly impossible. Which conference do you expect to just go away? Who decides which 4 conferences are the major conferences? How are you going to force the new 4 major conferences to accept new members that they may not want?

gt51
gt51

@auburnjohn attendance at the game doesn't matter.  it hasn't for many years for these bowl games.  the tv money is so great that the ticket money is just icing on the cake.  did you watch the bahamas bowl.  there were about 2000 people at that game.  no kidding.  i bet there will be another bahamas bowl next year. why, because people watched it.

GTBob
GTBob

@auburnjohn I don't understand the fan travelling argument. If they want to go then they will go. There should be no obligation to appease them. NFL fans don't know where or if they will be playing during the playoffs. They seem to be able to survive.

GTDude
GTDude

@auburnjohn 1st round is on higher seeded campus the week after conference championships which would put these games at the second week in December

then move on to the same scenario as this year - rotate the playoffs between the big six bowl games

gt51
gt51

@BlueDawg ghsa gets it wrong too.  they don't seed the teams.  don't understand why they don't seed the teams.  thats why the state championship game isn't always a good game.  because the 2 best teams aren't in the game.  

OH_IO
OH_IO

@Infraredguy


Plus, each town between here and there has a Denny's and a Hardies. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

@Infraredguy

UGA will be playing in Tampa in two years.  Thanks for the support.

Keep on trolling, sucker.

OH_IO
OH_IO

No pun intended, dogs. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@PigIron

Eight teams--five conference champs and three at-large teams--would address the most pressing issues. Hard to visualize a situation in which 16 teams could legitimately lay claim to being No. 1.

goblue86
goblue86

@BravesFan79 Baylor couldn't even beat Michigan State in their bowl...how do you think they were going to compete with the other teams in?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@FarTrain: "Do they not realize (or even care?) that most people have to get up and go to work on Tues. morning?"

___________________

YES they realize it.

NO they don't care.

maxman2660
maxman2660

@FarTrain agree 100%, how about sat. nite, we could stay up late watch the game and get drunker than heck


9014EAEO
9014EAEO

@FarTrain for FANS traveling it needs to be Saturday. Fly in spend 2 nights and flay out to go to work Monday.

These games are not for FANS to attend but simply for TV..

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

@tekila1  If you don't play in your conference championship game you aren't eligible for the playoffs.

tekila1
tekila1

As for times for games, i'd suggest 

12 3 6 and 9

9 obviously being the game furthest west.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@HotDawg Coach Richt has said he wants to play in the Birmingham Bowl before going back to Tampa. short drive

OH_IO
OH_IO

@DawgNole @FarTrain


It's a 5:30 Kick in the West - Pac 10 Country. 


Do they not realize that most people will miss the kick-off driving home from work?

Andy123
Andy123

@9014EAEO @FarTrain We went to the NC game last year and both of us took the entire week off because we knew we wouldn't be caught up from the jet lag until at least Thursday. Saturday night games make a whole lot more sense.