While there was plenty of debate about the final spot in this year’s College Football Playoff and Ohio State was left on the outside looking in. But Urban Meyer doesn’t think the field will expand anytime soon.
The Ohio State coach was asked about the possible expansion to an eight-team format during a Cotton Bowl media session Thursday. Meyer said the current system is “strong” and mentioned an extra game would be unfair to players.
Urban Meyer doesn’t expect CFP to expand
Meyer and Helton asked whether this matchup shows playoff should be 8 teams. "I don't see it happening. i think it's very strong right now."
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) December 28, 2017
Urban Meyer says he doesn't see an eight-team playoff happening because it doesn't work on the calendar and isn't fair to players: "It's not just another game, it's two sledgehammers going against each other."
— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) December 28, 2017
Ohio State has made the four-team College Football Playoff in two of its four years. But the Buckeyes would’ve been part of the field in all four years if it had an eight-team format. An eight-team playoff, some analysts and fans have argued, would be better for the sport because it would allow for all Power 5 conference champions to get rewarded.
While Meyer doesn’t think the playoff will have major changes in the foreseeable future, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has said he thinks a 16-team format is the way to go.