Depend Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his Tigers crew as opponents to an expanded playoff proposal, which would come with the six top-rated convention champions and 6 at-large bids. The 14th-year Clemson coach stated as a lot in an interview with The Athletic, itemizing myriad causes for his objection. In all, it got here right down to details:
“(The gamers) do not need to play extra video games,” Swinney stated, “and to be trustworthy with you, I do not assume there’s 12 groups adequate.”
It is true that the proposed mannequin might conceivably produce a 17-game season for a crew that performs in its league title sport and is seeded decrease than fourth. However, assuming Clemson continues to earn Playoff bids as a top-four crew — which the Tigers have achieved yearly of the Playoff period, minus the 2014 season — then the brand new mannequin would end in just one further sport for Swinney and Co. The brand new mannequin additionally possible ensures any one- or two-loss Clemson crew makes the Playoff.
His second level might be higher defended, at which level it turns into a debate of whether or not you like the exclusivity of a four-team playoff over making certain each Playoff-caliber crew could make the postseason, on the threat of together with doubtlessly decrease high quality individuals.
Swinney added that an expanded playoff would end in a worse common season product — not in contrast to NFL groups that decide to not play star gamers since they’re assured playoff berths.
“So you have to play extra video games simply to play extra video games, and I believe the extra you develop it, the much less vital the season turns into.
“Oh, effectively you are within the playoffs, why play Trevor (Lawrence) on this sport? You are already in.”
This isn’t the primary time Swinney has objected to the playoff. He stated as a lot when faculty soccer left the Bowl Championship Sequence behind in favor of the four-team mannequin; Clemson by no means made a nationwide championship sport beneath the BCS mannequin, however made six playoffs, 4 championship sport berths and gained two nationwide titles beneath the present mannequin.
“I wasn’t for the four-team (playoff),” he instructed The Athletic. “I do not ever get it proper. … I like the faculty sport and I beloved it when it was an enormous deal to be prime 25, prime 15, prime 10, go win the bowl sport.”