HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is not a proponent of adding additional teams to the four-team college football playoff. He discussed that and a variety of other topics at his press conference Friday for the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl that the Aggies will play on December 28th at NRG Stadium against Kansas State.
The Aggies, were in contention for the playoff after a 6-0 start, but ultimately finished the season with an 8-4 record and out of contention.
Sumlin cited academics and the limited time window in which to play the additional round of the playoffs as the primary reasons as the primary reasons for sticking at the four teams.
“I don’t think you’re going to see expansion of the four teams any time soon,” Sumlin told reporters at NRG Stadium Friday. “I think there are a lot of issues with the expansion from the four; mainly academics and time.”
It is true that the FBS schedule would get complicated considering the current bowl format and the presence of conference championship games. The bowl system is also favored throughout college football as it not only allows teams like the Aggies and Wildcats to continue their seasons with a postseason game for having a winning season; it also gives postseason opportunities to schools outside of the Power-5 who have very little chance of competing for a national title.
“The bowl system allows both fan bases to continue to watch their teams and our young guys, the student athletes, it’s a reward for a season of winning,” Sumlin said. “Just because you’re not in the final four doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to continue to play.”
Despite the fact that every other level of college football has a playoff, the complexities of the current bowl system and the amount of participants makes a playoff expansion troublesome for non-playoff qualifiers.
“It’s college football it’s not pro football,” Sumlin added. “The number of games continues to increase, you can not reduce the number of regular season games because of the revenue that is generated not just for football but for all the athletic programs. Where’s that time going to come?”
Sumlin isn’t convinced that expanding the playoffs beyond the current four is going to solve any of the arguments that currently exist when it comes to narrowing down the field.
“We’re complaining about five and six,” Sumlin added. “Like anything else if you go to eight, you’re going to complain about nine and ten. Four is good enough.”
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