From almost the moment it became reality, some college football fans have been clamoring for an expansion of the College Football Playoff field from four to eight (or even 16). The argument for such an expansion, of course, says that the fifth- or sixth-best team in the country generally has a legitimate shot of winning the whole thing, and should therefore be included in the field along with a few others to fill out the bracket. According to College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock, as reported by 247Sports, there are no such plans to add teams to the field.
According to Hancock, “Our leadership hasn’t discussed it, I don’t see any change.”
Hypothetically, had the College Football Playoff field included eight teams this season, we would have seen the following matchups in the first round:
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Michigan
No. 4 Washington vs. No. 5 Penn State