We are just weeks away from one of the great new traditions in American sports -- the College Football Playoff. This year's final four will feature unanimous #1 overall seed Alabama facing off against #4 Washington while #2 Ohio State takes on #3 Clemson, a finalist in last years National Title Game. Despite our excitement for this great event, we can't help but feel like this year has shown that the CFP ultimately is best served by moving from a four to eight team playoff. The financial ramifications are massive to be sure - from bigger television ratings for the network partners to more money for the colleges involved and more sports betting action at sites like W88 - but the on-field ramifications are really what justifies this move.
In a college football year like 2016, which finishes with conference champions and worthy teams like Big Ten Champion Penn State, Michigan and rising teams like USC on the outside looking in, one wouldn't be wrong for feeling underserved. The solution, to us, seems very simple. By moving to the eight team playoff format - which would only add one extra week to the postseason for student athletes - fans and conferences would be well served. You would guarantee that all five conference champions make the playoff - eliminating the Penn State mess this year - while leaving three open spots for at-large teams. Just imagine a college football playoff field that would actually enable a Cinderella style team a la Butler in the NCAA basketball tournament!
So in the end, college football fans, it's not rocket science. This simple expansion would make everyone more money, allow more teams and fans to play in more meaningful games while ensuring the waning integrity of the conference championships. When it's all said and done, we believe that this move will happen. Money talks. But we urge the NCAA and the College Football Playoff committee to move towards this format sooner rather than later. The game, the fans and your partners are ready for more!