DALLAS — Given the success of college football’s four-team playoff, the smart money says we’re headed for an eight-team tournament in coming years.
Alabama’s Nick Saban and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio — both head coaching participants in this week’s Cotton Bowl — are not looking forward to such a change.
“I think if we play as many games as play do now and go to eight teams, we’re gonna be playing too many games,” Saban said at Wednesday’s press conference.
The Crimson Tide boss thinks there are “tremendous benefits” to the current playoff system.
Dantonio agrees that the Playoff is “great” how it is.
“When you throw eight teams in there, I think it’s going to get even more muddled as you move forward,” he said.
It’s worth noting that Saban was initially skeptical of the four-team setup, too.
“My concern was, if we had a playoff, all the attention would go to the playoff, and we would minimize the importance of those (other bowl) games for all those other players,” he said. “I think that’s probably happened to some degree, but I think from a fan’s perspective, having a four-team playoff, making sure you get the best teams involved, creates a lot of excitement for fans, and I think it’s a very fair way to do it.”