The CFB Playoff Selection Committee’s decision to include Oklahoma – at the expense of SEC East champion Georgia and Big Ten champion Ohio State, had many – including Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney – calling for expansion of the current 4-team field to 8 teams; perhaps as soon as 2020.

But Clemson’s bludgeoning of Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and Alabama’s dominance over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl has since changed the public narrative; and with blowouts in semi-final games the norm, some are wondering “maybe instead of moving to 8 we should go back to 2.”

From strictly a competition standpoint, Mandell’s right, but the decision to move from the old BCS system to the current playoff format was driven by the desire to grow revenues; there’s no chance the conferences would be willing to go back to 2 teams and forfeit the revenue generated by the 2 semi-final games.

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