Why the College Football Playoff should expand only slightly, or not at all

Dan Rubenstein, SB Nation

It's been just two years since the BCS transformed into the four-team Playoff, but some people are already pining for an eight-teamer. Stanford head coach David Shaw, whose team won the Pac-12, said as much after the Cardinal's Rose Bowl rout of Iowa.

The problem with a four-team Playoff is that at least one of the power conference champions is always going to be left out. With an eight-team Playoff, every champion could be included, along with possibly the best non-power champion.

Many FBS coaches favor an eight-team playoff. Last year, TCU coach Gary Patterson advocated for an eight-team playoff after his team got left out, saying that he would be fine having another round in place of conference championship games.

However, it doesn't appear the four-team setup is going to change.

"I don't want to say never," Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said. "But I don't think we'll see it during the remaining years of the contract."

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