Brian Kelly hopes College Football Playoff expands to Eight

Brian Kelly hopes College Football Playoff expands to Eight
August 28, 2014, 10:30 am
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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly called this year's inaugural College Football Playoff "a great start," but hopes to see it expand from four to eight teams in the future.

Kelly said on Thursday's edition of "The Dan Patrick Show" that playoff expansion is important so at least one team from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC could have a spot in the postseason.

"With five power conferences, somebody's going to get left out and certainly that's going to be the next topic of conversation in the offseason, is how do you get more," Kelly said. "I think four's a great start, I don't think it's enough."

With college football opening in earnest Thursday night and over the weekend, only Florida State and Alabama look like good bets to make the College Football Playoff. Oregon, Oklahoma, Michigan State, UCLA, Auburn, South Carolina, Baylor, Georgia, Ohio State (even without Braxton Miller) and a host of other programs appear to be good bets to be in the mix, but could all have one or two losses. Without much separation, it'll be a difficult task for the College Football Playoff selection committee to pick the right four teams -- even if Florida State and Alabama ultimately wind up meeting for the title.

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Kelly's eight-team solution has a tantalizing facet to it: Home games in the round of eight, as in, if Florida State were the No. 1 seed and Michigan State the No. 8 seed, Michigan State would have to travel to Tallahassee for the first playoff game. 'I think that adds a bit more to the collegiate spirit of the game itself," Kelly said. "Maybe some teams gotta travel to some geographical areas they've never traveled to before. I just think it adds a little bit more if you can get down to eight."While the prospect of Notre Dame welcoming Auburn to South Bend for a playoff game is certainly intriguing, it wouldn't generate the kind of profits that'd be seen if the game were played at a neutral site. While Kelly's eight-game proposal may be a realistic possibility down the road, the on-campus games probably are just a pipe dream.

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