Mike Leach favors an expanded College Football Playoff field, and he laid out how he thinks it could work in great detail on Monday.
The Washington State coach launched into a funny 10-minute rant laced with sarcasm based on a pretty simple premise. Nearly every level of football from high school through the FCS level has a playoff system that goes well beyond just four teams. Why can’t the FBS follow suit?
As he has said in the past, Leach’s ideal playoff system would have 64 teams. At the very least, he said, the CFP should be 16 teams. I’d continue to summarize how he feels, but it’s way better just to let Leach do it himself.
(Thanks to KREM for the video)
Leach has a lot of layers in there — from the idea that ratings would dip because of too many games (“Oh baloney. I mean, my wife would watch them.”) to the fact that college football pretty much cedes the month of December to the NFL.
Leach also has a way to get the bowl system involved and dropped in a Huckleberry Finn reference for good measure.
“You could get it all done by January 1 or sooner, depending on how you did it. You could even just map out the weeks so it works out pretty easy,” Leach said. “The other thing is heck yeah people would watch. And if something is riding on the game, people would select teams like they do in basketball, and dark horses and teams they want. They’d have little sheets with office pools and everything else. And they’d either laugh and taunt their friends or the other way around as their team did well. Yeah, it’d be fantastic.”
Yeah, Leach has thought about this a lot. And he raises some pretty fun — and logical — points.
An expanded Playoff would certainly apply to his Cougars this season, too. WSU is currently 6-0 and ranked No. 8 in the country. Wazzu is firmly in the picture for the four-team playoff, but would be sitting pretty if the field were expanded.
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