BYU Football: A case for a 20, yes 20 team playoff

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Nov 6, 2021; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Jackson Acker (34) carries the ball as Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Christian Izien (0) pursues during the second half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Bowl games, including for BYU Football have lost quite a bit of their intrigue the last few years.

There are six players (as of now) opting out of NY6 bowl games and dozens if not hundreds of others opting out of other bowl games nation wide. There is even some speculation that teams like Boston College and Miami opted out completely out of their games and blamed Covid on not being able to play.

I won’t get into that speculation, but it is out there.

What we do know is that since the Playoff began, 99.9% of the coverage has been on the Playoff while every other bowl game is all but ignored. If you turn on any college football show during the season, the analysts are never talking about who will play in the Rose Bowl or the Hawaii Bowl, rather it is always focused on the four teams who will play in the Playoff.

This has all but killed all of the hype and excitement around these other bowl games and the tradjectory of players opting out of bowl games is likely only to continue to rise.

Unless there is change.

While there have been different models of 8, 12, and 16 team playoffs, I want to present another option, an option that will keep at least 50-60 teams invested until at least the end of October, rather than the 6-8 teams who can say the same now.

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