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Take Virginia Tech (for example) who historically gets built up in the offseason as a "contender" then has a huge let down early on, dropping two, sometimes three games, then by season's end is playing so good they are propped up again in going into the offseason as a "team to watch" going into next season. Every game, every part of the season in college football should matter. Expanding and loosening the criteria of who can get in doesn't clarify anything. It actually muddies the water even more.
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in a 4 team playoff ----- # 5 and a bunch of fans/sportswriters complain about getting left out
in a 6 team playoff ----- # 7 " " " " " " " " " " " "
in a 8 team playoff ----- # 9 .............well, you get the point
I don't care what system is in place there will always be people complaining and arguing about why such and such team got left out or the team that won it all had more losses than the team that "should be national champs" and it just keeps going on and on........................................
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With a 16-team playoff, you'll have 108 teams that play the standard number of games (assume that is 12), 8 that play 13 games, 4 that play 14 games, 2 that play 15 games, and 2 that play 16 games. So players on the two teams that play for the championship will have played approximately 33% more during the course of a season than those on the teams that don't make it to the playoff (actually more than that counting the extension of practices for those teams). That's 33% more chance of having injuries and it's 33% more wear and tear on their bodies. That's also 33% more possibility of harming those players' chances of having successful NFL careers.
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So how do we match up against Northern Illinois in the first round?
I respect your opinions, but mine happen to differ from yours. My opinion is that if you are the best team in the nation then you should have no problem knocking off the unworthy 2 or 3 loss teams, if you can't you aren't worthy. The regular season is your ticket to the dance, then you have to bring your A game to win it all.Of course it does, you're talking about allowing 2-loss teams compete against teams that won them all in order to claim they're better. Playoffs yield games where starters sit entire games (or most of them) because the team can 'afford a loss'. Playoffs yield less need to be at the top of your game every week as you only have to 'make the cut'.
Heck, if we went 'top 16' you'd have 10 teams that lost at least two games, including two teams that lost three games.
Does anyone really believe the 2007 Giants were the better team than the Patriots? The regular season was essentially meaningless as 'any given Sunday' happened on Super Bowl Sunday. The Giants never deserved the shot, got hot, and won it all.
That's not what's good for CFB.
One last thing, so if we do at some point go to the 16 team playoff and Alabama gets in with 3 losses and wins it all, you are telling me that you will say they never deserved the shot?
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I personally don't want any playoff if I had a choice. Every game matters.
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