12 teams not enough? Mike Leach continues to support 64-team Playoff
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach is so much a proponent of College Football Playoff expansion that he is in favor of 64 teams. So on Wednesday, he was asked about recent news about a possible expansion to 12 teams in the next few years.
“It’s never enough, but … I think 12 teams is a huge step in the right direction,” Leach said. “I personally would like to see 64, and you can format it out pretty easily. But I think it’s a huge step in the right direction and I look forward to it.”
Leach is clearly on the far end of the Playoff expansion debate, as other coaches like Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have said they’re against the idea. “Our team isn’t for it. They don’t want to play more games.”
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.
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.
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.