The mentality that college football has no parity is one that has become undeniably true ever since its current playoff format came to town. With four slots open for the taking every year, and with there having been seven brackets under this system so far, there has been a window for 28 different teams to make the playoff between the 2014 season and now.
Believe it or not, there has been significantly less than that to actually make it. How many, you may ask? Eleven. And how many of those eleven have managed to win it all? Four.
An expansive 28 chances for any school to win the title, and a whopping four different ones have successfully done so in seven whole seasons of collegiate football.
Alabama bandwagoners, who probably couldn’t even find Tuscaloosa on a map, will spew all of this nonsense about how “everyone else is just salty because their team isn’t good enough to make it.” But boy, what a narrow-minded way to think that is.
Consider all of the powerhouses in college football, who rarely see a bad year: Alabama, Clemson (now), Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame. Oh well, we can just stop there, as that already exceeds four. That is the lineup that has occupied at least half of every single CFP bracket.
Meanwhile, the FCS has a 24-team bracket that has been inclusive, without giving horrid teams a chance. Is there an abundance of parity as a result? No, but there is only so much that can be done about that, as a team cannot be kept from winning solely because they are too good at it.
What the system does accomplish is giving fans more football and a better chance to see their team actually battle for something worth while. Just imagine what that type of format could do for more mainstream colleges.
Another example of better postseason decision-making is March Madness, which has a final bracket layout consisting of 64 teams. Do the 1-seeds typically rise to the top? Of course they do; they are 1-seeds for a reason. However, with the more games there are to be played, the higher the odds are to see upsets (which is why they call it March Madness). And especially with a physical game like football, how could upset rates not increase with more opportunities for such a thing to unfold?
We could go on all day about why the current college football method is so flawed, but the rambling has gone on long enough already. Let’s actually get into how and why a 32-team playoff bracket would work for the FBS.