Why is the NCAA turning down more money?

A college football playoff system should go to 28 teams, not 12

Cliff Pfenning
June 15, 2021

Why doesn’t the NCAA just go to a playoff format for Division I football, like it does for every other sport?

And give the public a chance to see Alabama, or Clemson, or Oregon and Ohio State, four or even five more times, instead of Appalachian State or Louisiana Tech or Marshall play even one more time?

It’s not that Appalachian State or Louisiana Tech or Marshall are unworthy of an extra game or two, they’re just taking advantage of a system - a Crappy Bowl System - that needs to end because it’s unworthy of college football interest.

Expanding the playoff system from four teams to, say, 28 teams as happens at Div. II, would generate so much more interest than the current Crappy Bowl System does. It’s time to expand the playoff so that as many as 28 teams have a shot at the national title rather than just four or even 12 as the current rumors are being promoted.

Four more games for Alabama players, or Clemson, Oregon or Ohio State isn’t going to be any more taxing than it is for players at the Div. II level, and might even involve five games if the biggest underdogs win out - just as happened in 2019 when West Florida won the Div. II title.

The 28 teams are set up in four, seven-team brackets with the top seed earning a bye into the second round in each of those brakets. After the remaining six teams play, there’s a 16-team round, followed by an Elite 8 that gets to the Final Four. At that point, the four teams are reseeded into the semifinal games that lead to the national final.

At the FCS level, the playoff is 24 teams.

In protecting the Crappy Bowl System and having so many moderately-successful teams play another game instead of having the best teams play as many as five more - with the Final Four and Championship games at the designated neutral sites, the NCAA is missing out on tons of money, which doesn’t seem like the NCAA.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is the publisher of Oregonsports.com, and has decades of experience in writing, photography, videography and graphic design. He's been a sportswriter in Oregon for more than three decades and has even taught sports broadcasting in Portland. He lives in North Portland in a house built in 1912 that has a backyard deck easily turned into a 'Top Golf' set-up for wiffle golf balls ... and cornhole.