To expand the College Football Playoff to eight teams or to leave it at four?
That is the question.
That question seems to be a hot topic among all involved with college football. On Friday, Nebraska coach Scott Frost shared his thoughts on The Rich Eisen Show.
Note: Frost’s playoff talk goes from 7:10-9:50
Frost talks a lot about the playoff during this segment, but his overall thoughts are that he would like to see it expanded to eight teams.
“I’d love to see it be an eight-team playoff,” Frost said. “There are always going to be situations arise where somebody gets shut out of the thing and it’s a shame that that had to happen to [UCF], but that doesn’t take away from anything that group accomplished.”
Frost was at UCF the past two seasons and he took a team that he inherited with an 0-12 record to 6-7 his first season and then 13-0 last season. Then, the former Cornhuskers quarterback took the coaching job at Nebraska.
He acknowledges there are some challenges with expanding the playoff from four to eight teams, but certainly thinks it can work.
“First of all, I don’t think it takes away from the regular season because if you’re not at least a one, maybe two-loss team, you’re not even in the conversation. The teams that don’t have those types of records won’t be in the top eight anyway. I don’t think it makes the season long. I think you can address that problem.
“The way it works right now, you still make the semifinals like a bowl experience. I knew that from the first playoff when I was at Oregon and we played Florida State in the Rose Bowl and won. The whole week was like we were at the Rose Bowl. Then we had to turn around and try to play a great Ohio State team the next week. I think if you’re going to go to eight, you start the playoff earlier and, speaking for myself, if I knew I was in the playoff, I would gladly sacrifice a ‘bowl experience’ to get the playoff started.”
Frost talks even more about the topic, including how UCF should have been in a playoff — if it were eight teams — a season ago.
An eight-team playoff may be coming to college football, but it has been said before that the four-team playoff format will continue to be in place during the current 12-year contract.