If there’s three things I know to be true in life, it’s these: eating too many Junior Mints in one sitting will give you diarrhea, the stripper is never actually into you, and college football is the best. Period. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it.
After last weekend’s slate of games, I don’t know how anyone could possibly argue that there’s a better time of year/sports season. You like points? Oklahoma and Georgia scored 102 of them. Is defense more your thing? Notre Dame and LSU was competitive until the end. Like seeing an underdog pull off a heart-warming upset? Look no further than the UCF Golden Knights my friend.
But I’ve been thinking, with ratings up for this year’s playoff and so much controversy year after year about who’s in and who’s out, how has the NCAA not bumped the playoff up to 8 teams? Obviously there’s contracts with sponsors and networks, but couldn’t we do away with these conference championship games that apparently hold no water anyway (i.e. Ohio St, USC, Penn St last year) and put eight teams into the playoff?
Picture this: you have the quarterfinals December 23rd as the Peach, Cotton, Orange, and Fiesta Bowls; the semis as the Rose and Sugar Bowls on New Year’s Day, and National Championship on the 8th. No scheduling conflicts, better competition, and some bowls that matter throughout the entirety of bowl season.
So let’s say the NCAA did the right thing this year and put in 8. Imagine this slate of games:
#1 Clemson vs. #8 Wisconsin
#2 Oklahoma vs. #7 UCF
#3 Georgia vs. #6 Alabama
#4 Ohio State vs #5 USC
My mouth is watering just looking at that lineup. That may as well be a centerfold in the Playboy Edition of College Football Weekly.* There still would be controversy over the #8 seed, as I fathom Auburn and Miami would be pissed this year, but this playoff gives UCF a chance against Baker Mayfield in a game where the ball may never touch the ground, a matchup of this year’s Cotton Bowl anyway between USC and Ohio St., and the National Championship this year in the first round! I mean come. on.
Plus, you’d still have a smattering of shitty degenerate bowls to wager on throughout the holiday season, so there is quite literally no reason not to expand this out to eight. If you don’t like it, well then you have a big ole dump in your pants.
*doesn’t exist, but not a bad idea
PS – For the record, in that lineup I’d have Clemson vs Ohio St and Oklahoma vs UGA in the semis, and UGA over Ohio St. in the final. Tell me I’m wrong @threejay3