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On 1/12/2021 at 2:28 PM, row Z said:

Its not good for the sport to have a few programs be this dominant. They should expand the playoff to 8 and allow each power 5 winner an auto entry. That would go a long way to balancing parity (recruiting, TV interest, revenue, coaching retention, etc.), and increasing overall interest.

This CFP was boring to the average viewer. They will kill the golden goose if they stay on the same path. 

This is nonsense at every level. Auto bids for an 8-5 team that upsets a 12-1 team that had their entire OL out with the flu? Get outta here. Expanding the playofs to 8 teams when most years there aren't even 3 that deserve it? People want reform but espouse ideas that do nothing to affect change. Playoff expansion isn't even kicking the can at this point, it's making the the whole broken system even worse.  Reform demands scheduling and conference equality, not doing more of the same. As long as we have 14 team conferences playing 8 conference games and 10 team conferences playing 9 conference games, and teams scheduling 2 FCS opponents a year and teams who have never scheduled an FCS opponent, and friggin "independent" teams milking the entire system, nothing positive will come from any tweaks to the current system. 

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They didn't pull out because it was Army as the opponent, that is some made up nonsense trying to connect a stupid political point. UCLA, and a few others, puled out because everyone is getting COVID

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15 hours ago, dtd said:

This is nonsense at every level. Auto bids for an 8-5 team that upsets a 12-1 team that had their entire OL out with the flu? Get outta here. Expanding the playofs to 8 teams when most years there aren't even 3 that deserve it? People want reform but espouse ideas that do nothing to affect change. Playoff expansion isn't even kicking the can at this point, it's making the the whole broken system even worse.  Reform demands scheduling and conference equality, not doing more of the same. As long as we have 14 team conferences playing 8 conference games and 10 team conferences playing 9 conference games, and teams scheduling 2 FCS opponents a year and teams who have never scheduled an FCS opponent, and friggin "independent" teams milking the entire system, nothing positive will come from any tweaks to the current system. 

I agree with a lot of this, but I don't see a problem with an 8-5 team getting in if they go on a run.  That's what makes a Green Bay Packers Super Bowl win fun, and it's what made a Villanova tourney run enjoyable.  Win big during the big games, dude.

And I think expanding the playoff will make up for the fact that the SEC plays the Southern Kentucky Community College Klansmen in OOC, because you don't need an undefeated resume to win a championship.

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23 hours ago, dtd said:

This is nonsense at every level. Auto bids for an 8-5 team that upsets a 12-1 team that had their entire OL out with the flu? Get outta here. Expanding the playofs to 8 teams when most years there aren't even 3 that deserve it? People want reform but espouse ideas that do nothing to affect change. Playoff expansion isn't even kicking the can at this point, it's making the the whole broken system even worse.  Reform demands scheduling and conference equality, not doing more of the same. As long as we have 14 team conferences playing 8 conference games and 10 team conferences playing 9 conference games, and teams scheduling 2 FCS opponents a year and teams who have never scheduled an FCS opponent, and friggin "independent" teams milking the entire system, nothing positive will come from any tweaks to the current system. 

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No real defense of the SEC here, but there is a change in their scheduling, with them taking at least one of their four non-con games against a serious challenger, and soon for some to be moving to two.  That's better than none.

Examples:  Bama faces Miami (neutral) in 2021, Texas home-and-home in 2022 and 23; at Wisconsin in 2024; home with Wisconsin and away at FSU in 2025; at WVU and home with FSU in 2026; home with WVU and at Ohio St in 2027; and at Notre Dame and home with Ohio St in 2028.

Florida seems to be moving in the same direction (for example, in 2028, they play Arizona St, Colorado, and FSU).  Georgia, also is moving to multiple P5 opponents (e.g., in 2029 they play Texas, Clemson, and Ga Tech.)

The SEC has a long way to go, but they are at least edging to more competitive scheduling.  This probably isn't bravery on their part, it's likely vault-filling plans to reap huge payouts for these cross-conference games.

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