26 Oct

Kirk Herbstreit Proposes Major Change To The College Football Playoff

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit would like the College Football Playoff to make a significant change to its selection process.The longtime ESPN analyst discussed earlier this month an idea to change the College Football Playoff.Herbstreit first heard of the idea from former Nebraska star Adam Carriker.The idea: Play all of the major bowl games and then pick either the best two or four teams after the bowl games.“Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select ‘best’ 4,” he tweeted.Love this idea from @AdamCarriker94 And it makes a lot of sense. Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select “best” 4.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 2, 2019Herbstreit expounded on this idea while speaking to FanSided.com.I think I would go back to the traditional bowl matchups where you have … example, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 playing in the Rose Bowl and the SEC champ going to the Sugar Bowl, and so on and so forth. Then I would at the end of all those bowl games, I would take the best two, or the best four teams after the bowl games, and then I would play a championship.Before the bowl games were played, a lot of people, including myself, thought Georgia was a very deserving team. They obviously lost to Texas. Ohio State was able to win their bowl game against Washington. It’d be hard. I’m not saying you would have to pick four teams. Maybe it’s just two. Maybe you play all the bowl games and there are two obvious teams after the bowl games to pick and put ’em in the championship.That way the bowl games can keep their meaning. That way people would still be excited about the bowl game. You never know what can happen in the bowls. You never know. You might be the lucky team that might get picked to be in post bowl games to play for the championship, so that’s what I would do. Instead of looking at expanding it to four, or to eight, or keep it at four, go back down to two, I would get back to some of the history and tradition of the sport.It’s a cool idea, but it’s tough to see the conferences getting rid of their conference championship games – especially the SEC.You could potentially keep all of the conference championship games, play all of the bowl games and then just pick the best two games after the bowl season.Regardless, it’s tough to see college football making such a drastic change just a couple of years into its playoff format.The College Football Playoff national title game is set for 8 p.m. E.T. tonight. Alabama and Clemson will be playing on ESPN.last_img read more