Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh shares support for College Football Playoff expansion
Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh is in favor of the College Football Playoff expansion that will likely become a reality in the coming years.
“I am a supporter of expansion,” McIntosh said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus. “I think it is good for college football and that it has the potential to make many more games relevant. And when I say that, it’s not limited to the fan base, but for the athletes themselves.
“And every player that has come to a big-time program has chased that dream of pursuing a championship. That pathway to those championships has changed over the years. But that is life. It likely will continue to do so.”
The College Football Playoff has been set at four teams since its inaugural season in 2014. However, college football officials made progress on ideas to expand the playoff — likely to 12 teams — earlier this summer.
The exact format details are still being debated within college athletics. It’s one reason why the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 are reportedly set to announce a formal “alliance” in the coming weeks.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has recommended hitting the “pause button” on CFP expansion in the wake of Texas and Oklahoma’s move to the SEC.
As of now, it’s unclear when exactly the College Football Playoff will expand. But teams like Wisconsin — and the majority of other Power 5 programs — seem to be in favor of the move.
The Big Ten’s 2021 season begins on Aug. 28 as Illinois hosts Wisconsin.