4, 8 or more? 9 B1G head coaches in favor of expanding College Football Playoff
It’s that time of year again. With the College Football Playoff rankings being revealed on Tuesday night, the talk of expanding the four-team field has returned.
This week, ESPN college football writer Heather Dinich spoke with head coaches across the country, receiving their input on whether the national championship system should remain at four teams or if there should be an expansion to eight teams or more.
Of the 62 coaches surveyed in Dinich’s story, 30 believe that there’s need for expansion. Nine B1G head coaches are in support of expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams or more. Those coaches are:
- Tom Allen, Indiana
- Jeff Brohm, Purdue
- Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
- Ryan Day, Ohio State
- Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
- James Franklin, Penn State
- Scott Frost, Nebraska
- Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
- Lovie Smith, Illinois
It’s no surprise that B1G head coaches were vocal about wanting an expanded field. Each of the last two seasons, the B1G has been left out of the four-team field. And by playing nine conference games while conferences like the SEC and ACC play only eight, coaches from across the league believe the deck is stacked against them.
With so many coaches in favor of an expanded field — as well as a lot of college football fans — it’s likely that there will be some form of change sometime in the future. How soon it will come, though, is the question.
You can view Dinich’s complete story on ESPN.com.