College football could have details determined for a four-team playoff before the end of this month.
Getting there hasn’t been easy.
Imagine what it might be like for a postseason format that opened the door for many more teams.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who won national titles as coach at Georgia Southern in 1999 and 2000, would prefer something closer to the I-AA playoffs.
“I would add more teams and I would make it the conference champions (get in),” Johnson said.
The number Johnson would favor is 16.
“I don’t know if it will happen or not,” he said. “I think it could be very feasible, it could be done. It’s not going to happen for a while, but it could happen.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt doesn’t want a playoff to get too big.
“If you had a 16-team playoff, there would be too many games in my mind,” he said. “Whether you win or lose, you’re still in the playoffs. The game doesn’t mean as much. I think that’s a little bit dangerous. A lot of leagues, a lot of sports across America, things don’t get heated up until the playoffs. With college football, things get heated up game one, game two.”
Richt supports the four-team format.
“I think a playoff system is OK if it’s not too many teams,” he said. “I’ve been saying it for a long time. I think too many teams in a playoff system would be very difficult for the student-athletes involved as far as adding games. I also think it would devalue the regular season games. There are some games played that now mean everything. They are the difference of possibly playing for the national championship or not.”
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