ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy posted a story Thursday morning detailing that certain officials from Group of 5 schools are considering whether to hold their own playoff separate from the College Football Playoff.
Group of 5 schools consist of independents BYU and UMass as well as schools from the American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences.
McMurphy noted that a non-power 5 team hasn’t won a national title in 32 years and likely never will again, particularly since a group of 5 team has never ranked higher than No. 13 in the CFP Rankings.
The writer quotes Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier, who said it’s time for a realistic conversation about the Group of 5 playoff.
“There is absolutely no ability for us (teams in the Group of 5) to be in that national title conversation,” Frazier told McMurphy. “That’s just reality. Anyone that says we can: that’s a flat-out lie.”
The athletic director also added that there would be monetary benefits for schools, while a source said TV channels would be interested as well.
The idea is an eight-team playoff that includes all five conference champions along with three at-large bids.
Frazier’s reasoning is that every other division of college football has a playoff.
But McMurphy also quotes officials from Group of 5 schools who don’t want a playoff.
American Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said his conference competes for national championships like everyone else and it has no interest in the playoff.
One official called the potential playoff a “junior varsity championship.”
Should the playoff actually become a reality, McMurphy said officials will have to determine how much the playoff is worth, how it would work with bids to New Year’s 6 bowls and the size of the playoff. It’s also unknown how the potential playoff would affect the Power 5 conferences or the CFP.