College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock remains in favor of the current playoff structure.
The four-team format has been scrutinized since its inception in 2014. Monday’s championship game features the third matchup in the past four years between Alabama and Clemson, which has caused some programs outside the ACC and SEC to vouch for an expansion of the system.
“I don’t see it. The four-team playoff format is extremely popular,” Hancock said, according to.
Hancock said the academic calendar and extra games for student-athletes were among the considerations when the committee initially settled on the four-team format. He believes the championship game matchups would likely have remained the same under an eight-team system.
“We’re all happy to hear discussion, but four has been very good for college football,” Hancock said, according to.
“People didn’t like the (Bowl Championship Series). People really like the College Football Playoff. It’s way different.”
Hancock had some advice for teams from conferences that have yet to make the playoff.
“Play a good schedule, win your games, you’re going to be in the hunt,” he said. “Look at Houston two-to-three years ago. They had it all teed up and stumbled. They found the formula. Look at what Boise State did back in the day. There’s a way.”
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