This would be the perfect season for a 12-team College Football Playoff. There’s a lot of hand-wringing about an expanded playoff field — with considerable worry that it will devalue this sport’s regular season — but a four-team playoff seems like a disservice when the potential field is so loaded.
There are eight teams that can make a real case for the playoff, and plenty on the fringe that would be worthy of a spot if one or two breaks go their way. Conference championship weekend could — and in all likelihood will — create an absolute nightmare scenario for the selection committee. Georgia looks like the only team you could bet the house on making it at this point. The Bulldogs should wrap up their third-straight 12-0 regular season and, in that event, could afford a loss in the SEC Championship Game.
Everything else is up in the air. Washington, Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State all remain undefeated. The Seminoles likely lost Jordan Travis for the year against North Alabama, which severely hinders their outlook, but they have a better strength of record than Texas, Georgia and Alabama to this point. Michigan and Ohio State have to play each other to conclude the regular season, so at least one of them is guaranteed a loss. Even then, both the Wolverines and the Buckeyes have enough talent and sufficient coaching to push for a national title if given the opportunity.
What about surging teams like Louisville? The Cardinals could finish the year 12-1 with a win against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. Meanwhile Oregon has played as well as any team in the nation since its loss to Washington. It could avenge that loss in the Pac-12 Championship Game and present a situation where both are 12-1.
We could sit here all night and present teams that deserve a shot on the playoff stage, running through various hypotheticals that create a messy logjam in the four-team CFP model. Why wait a year? Let’s get this 12-team party started in a season that so richly deserves it.
Carson Beck will be a Heisman finalist in 2024
That is, if he actually comes back for another year. With the way Beck has played over the past few weeks with Georgia, he’s starting to garner some hype as a legitimate option in the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s not hard to see why.
The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound Beck has ideal size for the position with a huge arm and an underrated ability to make…