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They absolutely can, but it's not a good idea, so they won't.

First, players with an NFL future are already objecting to the 4 team playoff. If they add another round, star players will simply refuse to participate. No stars equals bad ratings, which is what the FCS playoffs have - no ratings.

Second, auto-bids to conference champs means OOC games mean nothing in the playoff picture. Imagine if OSU-OU meant nothing in the big picture: last year, it got OSU in to the playoff, this year it knocked them out. When you remove the drama from 25% of a school's regular season, you diminish the excitement for the games.

Third, follow-on the point above, smart coaches will use OOC games to set up a winning conference season. That means coaches playing freshmen, possibly scheduling OOC late in the year and sitting stars, etc. No stars means bad ratings, bad attendance, loss of fans. NFL coaches have shown that they will sit stars even with a perfect season on the line. It's inevitable: when OOC becomes irrelevant, coaches will treat them like NFL preseason games.

Four, it is possible that a move to an NFL-type playoff could trigger unionization of players, and Congress might be sympathetic. If players object to a longer season and start talking about concussions, severe injury, etc., the general public will listen. Honestly, I'd have to agree with them.

FCS is a red herring here: most of those kids are playing for love of the game and scholarship money, not for an NFL future. Big time college stars will not put up with another round of playoffs imo. They'll bolt for the NFL, or simply sit.

Time for everybody to do a sanity check -15 games is enough. When tough guy players start to complain to the press that the playoff is already too much, you know it's too much.
[Post edited by lawhokie at 01/17/2018 10:53AM]

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Posted: 01/17/2018 at 10:53AM


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Current Thread:
8 Team Playoff: Here's what the schedule would look like. -- Maroon Baboon 01/13/2018 11:03AM
  I disagree with no more than one team per conference -- WestyHokie 01/15/2018 2:01PM
  How would seeding in subsequent rounds be handled? -- I85Hokie 01/16/2018 11:26AM
  There is no obligation to have 2 from one conference. -- Maroon Baboon 01/15/2018 2:27PM
  P5 champs auto, 3 at large (can include G5) ** -- nebraskafaninwi 01/16/2018 09:29AM
  If it goes 8, play on campus until the final -- Colonel Jessup 01/14/2018 11:17AM
  How about mid-Jan in Foxbourgh. People want NFL-like -- Colonel Jessup 01/15/2018 08:59AM
  That extends the season to far into January. -- corvt2000 01/13/2018 11:16PM
  Love the time slot for the Rose Bowl. ** -- IB4TECH 01/13/2018 3:46PM
  Too late into Jan. Campus mid Dec. rest stays as is. ** -- nebraskafaninwi 01/13/2018 2:06PM
  That would be fine with me. But it ruins the major bowls. -- Maroon Baboon 01/13/2018 2:59PM
  I think the first round should be played on campus -- I85Hokie 01/16/2018 11:59AM
  Lets wait about 10 years, then reassess. ** -- EDGEMAN 01/13/2018 10:16AM
  An a point about the NFL hating it. -- Maroon Baboon 01/13/2018 11:08AM
  Two things -- Maroon Baboon 01/13/2018 10:39AM
  I like your proposal that gives the G5 a chance -- Calamitous 01/13/2018 10:46PM
  I guess that would get rid of OOC play. -- Maroon Baboon 01/14/2018 1:49PM
  Makes sense... -- Calamitous 01/14/2018 7:41PM
  All good comments -- Maroon Baboon 01/14/2018 9:04PM
  Funny about your comment.... -- Calamitous 01/14/2018 9:14PM
  Haha. Wazzu is my next favorite. -- Maroon Baboon 01/14/2018 9:18PM
  They sent a similar message to the Pac-12 this year -- EDGEMAN 01/13/2018 10:43AM

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