FORT WORTH — It’s not easy to make the 4-team College Football Playoff. Just ask TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who saw his team fall from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final week of the 2014 season.
Three years later, Patterson still isn’t a fan of the current system. Even if it was created to eliminate controversy caused by the BCS.
Patterson said during his mid-week press conference on Tuesday that the 4-team playoff is a major impediment to smaller schools ever having a shot at ultimate glory in college football — a national championship.
“I don’t think four teams gives you the chance of the ‘Cinderella’ story which I think everybody loves,” Patterson said. “I think eight teams does. And I think really you could pick eight teams off the bat right now that could play in this playoff pretty easily.”
Patterson’s comments aren’t without merit. Central Florida, a non-Power 5 school, currently sits outside the top-10 in the rankings despite being undefeated.
TCU was in a similar predicament in the Mountain West Conference in 2009 and 2010. The Horned Frogs went undefeated in both regular seasons, but didn’t qualify for the BCS National Title Game. Of course, the Horned Frogs secured a memorable Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin to conclude the 2010 season.
Despite the existing small field, Patterson said he was pleased by the committee’s decision to honor some of the hottest teams in college football rather than simply select the top-four based on records.
“You just look at Oklahoma, Clemson and Auburn and the way they’ve really come on…that’s the epitome of the way I thought you were supposed to do it,” Patterson said. “You pick the teams that are best at the highest level at the beginning of December.”
TCU will face Oklahoma in the Horned Frogs’ first-ever Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma was ranked No. 3 in the latest playoff rankings heading into the contest.
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