College Football Playoff unlikely to undergo major change next season
The College Football Playoff is unlikely to undergo any major changes in its second year, according to ESPN.
The inaugural CFP was played in January and was won by No. 4 seed Ohio State. A selection committee published weekly top 25 rankings starting in October before ultimately choosing its four-team bracket in December.
ESPN interviewed the 10 FBS conference commissioners who were on the CFP's management committee and said the general consensus was that the first year received a "ringing endorsement of success."
In addition to some commissioners feeling change is not necessary, some feel the new playoff system needs to play out longer than the BCS system did without the format being altered.
"I think it had its place and was overall good, as controversial as it was, but I think we made several mistakes with the BCS, and one of them was that, for a while, we were continually changing certain aspects of it," said ACC commissioner John Swofford. "They weren't huge changes, but we were certainly tweaking it, almost on an annual basis, the first five or six years. People couldn't really get comfortable with it, couldn't get used to how things were done, and when you're changing that often, you're basically sending the message, 'We don't have this right yet.'"
While there are no significant changes expected to take place, one re-work to the system could be fewer rankings throughout the season, something that Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson, among others, is in favor of.
"That's really the only change I would hope we have a conversation about in April," Thompson said. "We don't need seven. I know ESPN likes seven. It's great ratings, but there's other ways you get around it. It's good information because all week you can argue back and forth ... so it's all good for the sport. But they don't mean anything, quite honestly."
The CFP selection committee is expected to meet in Indianapolis in early April to review last season, according to ESPN, and the commissioners will then meet with playoff executives at the end of April.
- Jack Jorgensen