2011 Bama-LSU led to the cry for the playoff being answered. I think every SEC fan believed that a playoff would only increase the likelihood of an all-SEC CG.
An 8 team wouldn’t fix anything.
Please look at the rankings this year and come up with an iron-clad 8-team field. It’s impossible. There are 12 teams this year that have an argument to be included. The playoff isn’t a reward for having a good year, it’s a system of determining the national champion. That should be a highly selective group, not an everyone’s-welcome crapshoot.
3 teams in the final 8 of this year’s rankings are in the SEC. Expand the field to 8 and you almost always will have at least 2 SEC schools included.
I’ve never bought into the idea that a UCF, Boise State, Hawaii, NIU, or whomever else had any real claim to being among the top 2 teams when we had the BCS. Sure, they could pull off a win against a better team. I always question the team’s motivation and preparation for the prospect of playing some second tier opponent for the sake of taking home a meaningless bowl trophy. Maybe a team that goes undefeated deserves a shot. I thought this year would have been a good year to try it out because there was no clear-cut power 5 team for the 4 seed. But when expanding to 8 teams, does anyone really believe that that kind of team is going to rattle off 3 consecutive wins of that magnitude?
I’d hate to see the effect of an 8 team playoff on conference championship week. It’d turn it into a version of NFL Week 17 where half the teams can pack it in and give themselves a bye.
Anyhow, on a more personal note, how bout them Dawgs? That was the best game I’ve ever seen, despite being sick over it for one reason or another for 4+ hours. I know most of the country hates the matchup, but I’m excited to play Alabama. It wouldn’t feel complete to win the SEC and the playoff without ever facing Bama. Here’s their shot. Go Dawgs!