College Football is long over due for a playoff, a real playoff. Not 4 teams. How about one where all the conference champs get an automatic bid and we pass out some at-larges. This will keep more teams in the hunt for longer. In this blog, we will track the teams who are currently still in the hunt in the current format and those that would be in for a 16-team format.
The criteria for getting into the 4-team playoff is simple = P5 teams can have one loss / Non-P5 have to be unbeaten.
Current format, teams that remain in contention as of 10-16-18:
ACC: Clemson / NC State / Duke
Big Ten: Ohio State / Michigan / Iowa
Pac 12: Wash State / Oregon / Colorado
Big 12: West Virginia / Texas / Oklahoma
SEC: Georgia / Kentucky / Florida / Alabama / LSU
Non-P5: Cincinnati / Cent. Fla / South Fla / Notre Dame
That is only 21 teams left in contention.
16-Team format of 10 Conference Champs and 6 at-large, teams eliminated as of 10-16-18:
On top of the beaten independent teams (5), a few other teams are free to move on to basketball season after last weekend because they now cannot win their conference:
Louisville / Rutgers / Nebraska / Old Dominion / Arkansas
W/ this format, there would still be 119 teams left in contention for a national title.