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Monday, May 20, 2019

Gus Malzahn would love to see an 8-team playoff

Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn is among the folks who would like to see the College Football Playoff field expanded.

The CFP currently selects four teams to participate in the playoffs and fight for the national championship. During an interview with “The Triple Threat” radio show in Houston on Wednesday, Malzahn said he was in favor of an expanded playoff field.

“I would love for there to be eight teams,” Malzahn told hosts Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson, via AL.com. “I’m an old high school football coach — quarterfinals, semifinals…

“I think (eight teams is) where it’s going,” Malzahn said. “We’ll see what happens, but I’d personally like to see it.”

Of course Malzahn would like to see the field expanded. His Auburn Tigers are in the same division with Alabama, LSU, and now Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher. His path to a four-team playoff is one of the toughest in the country. Had there been an 8-team playoff last season, Malzahn’s Tigers would have made the field. They beat the two teams that squared off in the national championship game, after all.

It took college football long time to even adopt a playoff system. Seeing them expand the field won’t be easy.

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