Kirk Herbstreit critical of predictability in CFP's four-team model: 'You're fighting for one spot'
Kirk Herbstreit is not a fan of the current College Football Playoff system.
During Saturday’s College GameDay on ESPN, Herbstreit took aim at the current four-team model utilized in college football. He began by discussing the previous BCS system, something Herbstreit claimed he was okay with at the time.
With the BCS model, Herbstreit loved the sort of intensity that was created every week during the regular season:
“I remember when the BCS was part of the system and people got upset about the computers and all that, but I kind of liked the BCS because it made it felt like there were only two teams and there was such urgency every week in college football,” said Herbstreit. “Every week you felt like the games were intense. And we would always say the playoff is the entire regular season.”
Since the CFP was established, Herbstreit believes the regular season has lost a bit of that intensity with four teams getting in. Coupled with the predictability of three teams consistently getting in (Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State), Herbstreit believes it is time to take a look at re-evaluating the current championship model:
“I just feel like – not 2020 during COVID – I feel like the six previous years going back to 2014 when the Playoff started, I wanted to give it a chance. Go to four teams, yeah this is great, and what I’ve seen is we’ve lost…I don’t feel the same sense of urgency week-to-week in CFB,” explained Herbstreit, “So I think that’s a potential concern…but all I know is Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State are gonna be in it…You’re fighting for one spot…to me, what is this doing for fans and the next generation of players? Opt-outs, games don’t matter, I think that’s what we’ve created because of this system that we currently have. We’ve gotta re-evaluate that.”
Regardless of his feelings, college football is stuck with the current Playoff system for the timebeing. Hopefully the CFP Committee does its job well on Sunday and puts the four best teams in the final four.