Changing The College Football Playoff System

by Corey Mansfield

The College Football Playoff is showing that it's a flawed system. While it's better than the FBS, it still has a long way to go before it truly represents all of college football. 


Money plays the biggest role in the CFP. If anyone says it doesn't then they are a flat out liar or just stupid. The amount of money generated for teams who make the CFP and bowl games in general is enormous. Each CFP team will get $6 million for their conference. That means Georgia/Alabama will make $12 for the SEC this CFP. 

But money doesn't matter...
Should UCF had been the CFP? In the my format they would have been (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The power that the "power five" conferences wield over the CFP selection committee is ridiculous. How many lobbyists who are boosters are influencing their decisions?


College Football has become (and maybe has always been) about money and affiliation. If you're a small school in the "group of 4" then you will probably never get into the CFP. 

Here's my solution to make a fair playoff system...

#1 - Expand the playoff to 8 teams

#2 - Automatic bids to conference champions of the "power 5" conferences (Big 12, Big 10, ACC, SEC, PAC 12)

#3 - One automatic bid to at "group of 4" team

#4 - Two at-large bids selected by CFP committee.

#5 - Lower CFP payout from $6 million to $3 million per conference. 

#6 - The two additional rounds of the playoff would be played after the bowl games. 


These changes to the CFP would make it fair and balanced. Giving automatic bids to conference champions takes less power out of the hands of the CFP selection committee, ultimately talking the power away from the big conferences and programs. 

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