Does NCAA Need to Expand its College Football Odds Postseason?
Reasons an Expanded Postseason Would be a Good ThingCommendably, taking the step from the previous system to the four-team playoff and 76 teams playing in 39 bowl games in 2014 was a step in the right direction towards satisfying the cries for more postseason action. In fact, the Bowlanza season will get even bigger in the upcoming season with two new bowls, meaning 80 teams will get a chance to participate in the postseason games. However, there are still a number of concerns that are yet to be addressed by the new playoff system. For example:
- There are instances when you will have an undefeated team from the “minor” conferences and no undefeated team from the “major” conference, yet the playoff committee disregards the undefeated lower-conference team on the basis of playing a weak strength of schedule
- In other instances, you have an undefeated or one-loss team that is deserving of the top-4, but is kept out due to the limited playoff spots. A good example is last season’s disqualification of TCU and Baylor from the top-4, when many people could easily make a case for their worthiness, just like the Buckeyes who got the nod.
- There are times when making a choice in a power conference is complicated by the fact that a No. 2 team in the power conference deserves a shot in the playoffs, but is kept out because No. 1s get the favored treatment.