ACC commissioner John Swofford in favor of expanded playoff

Monday July 20th, 2015

ACC commissioner John Swofford spoke in favor of an eight-team playoff on Monday, according to Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis.

“In a perfect world, if you only want to talk about football, and only about a playoff, yeah, eight would probably be better,” Swofford said at ACC Media Days.

Swofford followed by complimenting the four-team format, and said he believes the current playoff structure will remain the same for the rest of its 12-year contract, according to Ellis. 

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze also supported having eight playoff teams on Monday. Freeze said if he could change the playoffs he would have 11 games, no league title game and eight playoff teams, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

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Swofford had previously expressed his support of the expanded playoff in May during the league's annual spring meetings. He said the five power conference champions should have guaranteed slots with three at-large slots remaining, according to the Orlando Sentinel

In May, Swofford praised the current system for being education-friendly, as the it does not interfere with fall exams or extend the season into late January.

The college football commissioners voted unanimously to create the four-team playoff in 2012 and established a contract that would last 12 years.

Ohio State beat Oregon to win the College Football Championship in 2014.

- Erin Flynn

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