The College Football Playoff power brokers are dangerously close to getting expansion very, very right. For a sport that has specialized in half-baked ideas for the better part of its existence, the new playoff plan is straight out of “Cake Boss” perfection. For an athletic industrial complex that has been plagued by short-sighted solutions, this verges on visionary.
With the CFP release Thursday revealing a recommendation to grow from four to 12 teams, the group is prepared to bypass incremental expansion in favor of a broader move which should have greater staying power. Why bother with eight teams if 12 is inevitable?