By the time Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott scored the third of four TDs in the first half in a 44-28 win against Notre Dame at the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Friday, one had to wonder right away.
How would the Buckeyes have fared against either Clemson or Alabama the night before? Ohio State looked a lot like a playoff contender against Michigan and Notre Dame. In those two wins, J.T. Barrett totaled 324 passing yards, 235 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Elliott had 366 rushing yards and six TDs.
That's enough to ask the annual obligatory question.
Should the College Football Playoff add teams? If so, which number works best?
Let's be clear. The present four-team mix isn't going anyway anytime soon. The playoff has been comprised of conference champions only the past two seasons, and two-loss Stanford was the only Power 5 conference champ left out this season. Aside from the Big 12 debate that left TCU and Baylor out in 2014, the four-team model is successful.