Ryan Smoot offers his viewpoint on whether to expand the college football playoffs. For Rajee Ganesan's dissenting opinion, click here.
It pains me to agree with the NCAA, but the college football postseason — from the Camping World Independence Bowl to the four-team College Football Playoffs — is a wonderfully unique mosaic and should remain so. There’s a strong appeal to expansion, I get it. We love making brackets, and rooting for the Cinderella stories that inevitably break them.
But college football is far different than basketball, and the physicality of the game is reason alone to hesitate in adding additional games. Adding one or two games would heighten the injury risk to already exhausted players, all while the NCAA reaps in revenue and players remain unpaid.
While the NCAA seems to be headed toward compensating players for their likeness, only star players will reap the benefits; not the obscure offensive lineman that continuously absorbs on-field impacts. As such, a majority of former CFB Playoff players are against the idea of expansion.
“There's way too many games," former Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley told CBS Sports. "There's no way you can add more games. It won't work. It's amazing to play (in the playoff), but it's very tiring, especially coming straight out of high school and you're not ready for those long seasons.”