What Would a 16-team College Football Playoff Look Like in 2019?

Some like it at four teams, while others want eight. I see no reason not to go to 16.

The College Football Playoff is all set. The selection committee has decided who the top four teams in the country are, and those teams will battle it out in late December and early January to decide who is the king of college football.

 

As exciting as that is, it could be even better.

 

There's lots of talk of expanding to eight teams, and this season is certainly an example of a season where you had eight teams who deserve to play for a national title.

 

But why stop there?

 

There are 10 total conferences in the FBS. Why shouldn't each of those champions get a shot at a national title, just like all 30 conference champions do in college basketball?

 

If you gave the 10 conference champions an automatic bid and then gave at-large bids to the top six teams that didn't win their conference, you'd have a nice, clean, 16-team bracket. You could then seed them according to how they finished in the final College Football Playoff rankings.

 

We would get a four-week tournament full of exciting matchups and games that mattered instead of more meaningless bowl games.

 

You could still work the New Year's Six bowls into the 16-team playoff by rotating them as you do now to host the semifinals. The rounds of 16 and 8 could be held on the home campuses of the higher-ranked teams.

 

If we were to implement such a system, here's what it would look like in 2019.

 

No. 16 Miami (Ohio) (MAC Champion) at No. 1 LSU (SEC Champion)

 

No. 9 Florida (at-large) at No. 8 Wisconsin (at-large)

 

No. 12 Memphis (AAC Champion) at No. 5 Georgia (at-large)

 

No. 13 Boise State (Mountain West Champion) at No. 4 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion)

 

No. 14 Appalachian State (Sun Belt Champion) at No. 3 Clemson (ACC Champion)

 

No. 11 Utah (at-large) at No. 6 Oregon (Pac-12 Champion)

 

No. 10 Penn State (at-large) at No. 7 Baylor (at-large)

 

No. 15 FAU (Conference USA Champion) at No. 2 Ohio State (Big Ten Champion)

 

I don't know about you, but I see some great matchups in the first round and some even better potential matchups moving forward.

 

Would it be nice to have a December filled with games that mattered as opposed to a slate full of consolation bowl games? We can dream, can't we?

 

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.

 

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