A 64-team playoff? Bill Hancock weighs in on Mike Leach's radical playoff plan
When Alabama and LSU played for the BCS National Championship in 2012, folks started calling for a legitimate playoff. Then came the College Football Playoff, which features four teams.
Now, many aren’t even satisfied with four teams; they want eight or 16.
Mike Leach, on the other hand, floated a radical 64-team playoff idea earlier this month., which would cut back on the number of regular season games. Here’s what Leach said about his idea:
… but if we did 64, you cut the regular season back to 10 games and then somewhere in the middle half of America’s teams have an off week and then half are playing. And then the next week, the other half are off. And then, you never have to play anybody that had an off week and you didn’t. And then as it starts to shake down at the end, everybody’s guaranteed 12 games. Everybody gets 12 games. So if somebody knows they’re not gonna make the 64, they start, start scheduling other 12 games. Cause after the 10, you make that an off week. And then they can schedule it up and get ready to play. And so you have football that week and then they sort out the 64. And then the first runs you do home and home.
Then after that, you incorporate the bowls for the rest of the games and a number of those bowls works out nearly perfectly. And then instead of being at the bowl site a week, you’re at the bowl site for like two days. The winner advances, which makes it crazy exciting. If you get eliminated early, you have another game, you have to have another game to play, what you can do in the natural breaks or you can do it on the Wednesday night, Thursday night. Then college football doesn’t just relinquish a whole month to the NFL where they’re not offering anything. Then in the end, the target number of games is 16, 16 for the champion. And then you could have the whole thing done on January 1st.
On Thursday, the College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock joined “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5, and he was asked about Leach’s radical proposal.
“When I talk to people in the business about it, that is the furthest thing from their mind,” Hancock said. “There’s a lot more important things to spend time on. I salute Mike (Leach) for his creativity, but I think that one is a stretch.”
A bit of a stretch is right, but Leach is always known for stretching his blanket and having off-the-wall ideas. That’s also why Leach is a national treasure.