If you haven’t seen the Manning cast of Monday Night Football you are missing out. It is an entirely different take on a football television broadcast and it has been wildly popular since they started it at the beginning of the season. Peyton and Eli Manning host the show and bring on an assortment of guests from Nick Saban to Kevin Hart.
Last night Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, made an appearance on the show and discussed her feelings of the College Football Playoff and how she felt about an expansion of the current model:
“I think there are a lot of people who would like to see more teams in, I always liked the four,” she said. “I think scarcity is not a bad thing when you’re talking about something like this. The other thing is Peyton, really until this year, I would not have been able to give you eight teams. I don’t think college football was very deep. This last year or so, we’re seeing new entrants, if you will.”
Rice served on the first College Football Playoff Selection Committee from 2013-16 and has seen the playoff field consist of the same teams every year. She went on to talk about the lack of enough elite teams to justify an expansion until this year:
“For a while, it was always going to be Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State,” said Rice. “And after that, a big drop off. But this year, you’ve got the Michigans, Michigan States, they didn’t play so well last weekend, but you’ve got a lot of really good teams, and so maybe going to eight will work. I worry a little bit about the long calendar for young players, but I think we’re eventually going to get to eight.”
It not only sounds like we will get an eight-team playoff but a bracket of 12 teams, according to a report from the Dan Patrick Show last week. I’m not sure that Rice will be in support of that model, but expansion is absolutely necessary for the sport. The same playoff field every year just creates a wider and wider canyon between the have’s and the have not’s. If you want to compete for a national title, why would you go anywhere else besides Alabama, Clemson, or Ohio State? The expansion helps even the playing field and gives every conference a shot at the crown.
The new model will be voted on in December and could be implemented as soon as 2023.