aknowledgeableperson wrote:To go to more than 4 teams something has to give. League championship games or one week in the season. Schools can already play 14 games. How many more do you want them to play to win-it-all?
With the current 4 team playoff, teams can actually play 15. The most you could possibly play in a 16 team playoff format would be 17. The max is 20 in the NFL, and the rosters are way bigger in college. For a 16 team field, I would recommend that the NCAA take away a regular season game (max games = 16) since most teams have 2 to 4 fluff games anyway that don't really do much for the rankings. The NCAA needs more opportunities for the quality teams in a league to play one another (or at least have the same opportunity in a national tournament). As it stands, the best team in the SEC can tie by record with another team in the conference, be left out of the conference championship game and the national playoffs, and never have a shot to prove much nationally because of wonky scheduling.
Still, my best scenario for the near term would be to have 12 teams. The top 4 teams to win a conference championship game would get a first round bye. As of now, it is pretty straightforward (Big 10, SEC, Pac 12, and ACC). Doing nothing else, that is a max of 16 games (NFL regular season, though if another conference championship game winner made the national championship game, it could be 17). If you take away a fluff game, then you end up with a max of 15 games, which is actually the current max. So the truth is that you can get to 12 teams if you care about making the playoffs quality. Unfortunately, it is ruined by the fact that the non-playoff-likely teams will not give up KU vs. App St. and the revenue associated.