Honest question: why Clemson?
Will the OP willing to eat crow if one of the other two teams wins the NC?
IMHO, he shouldn't have to. If Oklahoma or Notre Dame wins that doesn't mean that they were better over the course of the whole season, it just means that they were better when it counted. IMHO, that would not prove that they should have been #1 all along or even that they should have been in the CFP. Conversely, if Bama and/or Clemson gets run off the field in the semi-final that will not "prove" that they shouldn't have been in the CFP.
I get what you are saying. They wouldn't deserve to go under the previous 2-team format. The DO deserve to go under a four team format, however. If one of them wins it they will most likely have to get through Clemson AND Bama. If they can do that, then they certainly prove that they are as good as those two. Notre Dame would be an undefeated team with a win over both of this year's "more deserving" teams. I mean c'mon.
I like uncertainty and mayhem, but then I'm retired.Go back to the Olden Times and stop this forward pass silliness and play real man football.
Assuming that we had adopted an 8-team playoff with auto-bids for the five P5 Champions and the highest ranked G5 Champion, here are the quarter-final match-ups that would have occurred from 2014-2018:2014:#1 SEC Champion Alabama vs #20 MWC Champion Boise State#2 PAC Champion Oregon vs #7 MissSt#3 ACC Champion Florida State vs #6 TCU#4 B1G Champion Ohio State vs B12 Champion BaylorBest teams left out is #8 Michigan State (10-2)2015:#1 ACC Champion Clemson vs #18 AAC Champion Houston#2 SEC Champion Alabama vs #7 Ohio State#3 B1G Champion Michigan State vs #6 PAC Champion Stanford#4 B12 Champion Oklahoma vs #5 IowaBest team left out is #8 Notre Dame (10-2)2016:#1 SEC Champion Alabama vs #15 MAC Champion Western Michigan#2 ACC Champion Clemson vs #7 B12 Champion Oklahoma#3 Ohio State vs #6 Michigan#4 PAC Champion Washington vs #5 B1G Champion PSUBest team left out is #8 Wisconsin (10-3)2017:#1 ACC Champion Clemson vs #12 AAC Champion UCF#2 B12 Champion Oklahoma vs #8 PAC Champion USC#3 SEC Champion Georgia vs #6 Wisconsin#4 Alabama vs #5 B1G Champion Ohio StateBest team left out is #7 Auburn (10-3)2018:#1 SEC Champion Alabama vs #9 PAC Champion Washington#2 ACC Champion Clemson vs #8 AAC Champion UCF#3 Notre Dame vs #6 B1G Champion Ohio State#4 B12 Champion Oklahoma vs #5 GeorgiaBest teams left out is #7 Michigan (10-2)
Here's something to ponder. An expanded playoff would:1. Generate more money.2. Likely generate more fan interest.3. Is desired by most CFB fans who think it's obvious.And yet we don't have it, nor are the prospects for having it in say 5 years looking good at all.It might contemplating the reasons it does not exist as they are barriers one has to traverse.
Of course it will take a long time. What has that got to do with whether or not we personally believe that it should be done?
Apparently UCF's AD said Florida offered them a 2 for 1 and they turned it down, because no other school in their position, coming off consecutive top 10 finishes would agree to anything less than a home and home, and that given recent success, they should get the 2 home games.I'm sorry, but if that's your mentality, you don't deserve a shot at the playoff. Just getting a P5 team to play you at this point is tough, and one willing to do a 3 game series that includes one true home game for you? You take that deal every time. My guess is the 13-0 National Champions* is worth more to them than a home game, and winding up 12-1.