Dabo Swinney says Clemson does not want Playoff expansion: 'Our team isn't for it'
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has enjoyed some of the most successful parts of his career in the College Football Playoff. He is widely regarded as one of the top coaches in the last decade of college football.
But Swinney explained during a media appearance on Tuesday that he is against the recently proposed expansion to the Playoff, from four teams to 12 teams.
“Our team isn’t for it. They don’t want to play more games,” Swinney told reporters on Tuesday, including Anna Hickey. “The more you expand it, the less important the season becomes and the more you become the NFL. I think the bigger question is where is college football going from a structural standpoint.”
Swinney added that he didn’t think there are 12 teams that are Playoff worthy.
The athletics directors and commissioners involved in the decision to expand the Playoff said there would be six spots reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions and the other six going to at-large selections.
Since 2014, Alabama and Clemson have each made the playoff six times in seven years. Ohio State and Oklahoma have each been selected four times. That means 71 percent of the Playoff spots went to just four of the 130 FBS teams.
When the idea was announced in June, and if the format is adopted, there was no indication in the proposal about when an expanded Playoff could be in place. The soonest would seem to be for the 2023 season. Implementation could also be as far off the 2026 season.