College Football Playoff expansion is needed to make the college football postseason more exciting because the current four-team model is broken.
By the end of the first half, it was clear that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish did not belong on the same field as the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was not just the 19.5-point spread at the start of the game. It was the mere fact that the Irish were outmatched and outmuscled. Furthermore, the game sent a message to the playoff committee — a message of expansion.
Notre Dame’s loss is eerily similar to what they endured in Miami back in 2013 against Alabama. Furthermore, is it fair to ask that another team likely give the Crimson Tide a fight that the Irish couldn’t? How about Texas A&M or Cincinnati or Coastal Carolina, the latter of which went undefeated in the regular season but had zero respect from the committee?
Additionally, given that it seems to be the same four teams for the past few years who make it, why not expand to give other teams a shot instead of simply talking about it and stating it will change without the requisite action to prove it?
The Rose Bowl should be all the evidence needed to bring forth a change to the playoffs.
The Rose Bowl has traditionally been a game of excellence with suspense and drama. However, this year was simply another chapter on why the College Football Playoff should be expanded beyond just four teams.
There are schools outside of the Power 5 conferences that field quality teams worthy of having an opportunity to compete for a national championship. They may not bring in big money for television deals, nor do they have the same appeal and flash, but they have players who can rise to the occasion when given a chance.
It’s not always about the same teams, nor does it have to be. And some fans do not want to see the same teams win over and over again while knowing the outcome before the game concludes. The playoff committee should know this by now. If they don’t, watch what happened in this year’s Rose Bowl and take a good look at it.