Urban Meyer has a strong opinion about the CFP format. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 12/19/20

Urban Meyer has long been an advocate of keeping the College Football Playoff field at four, but he’s had a change of heart.

On Saturday’s “Big Noon Kickoff,” Meyer admitted that he has come around on expanding the playoff. His key reason is different than that of most other expansion advocates, however: He wants to encourage more players to play in games of importance. Meyer said:

“I have had some really deep conversations with some of my colleagues, and the game is changing. I can’t believe I’m saying it, because I’m a traditionalist. I love the bowl games, I love the bowl experiences. But you have two different sets of groups. You have the elite group, the high-profile players and the maybe not so high-profile.

“There’s two things important to elite players: NFL, College Football Playoff. If that doesn’t happen, they’re not going to play in bowl games. I’m not saying all of them, but I know coaches are dealing with that on a day-to-day basis. I say expand the playoff — I can’t believe that came out of my mouth. I know you guys are saying more teams are going to be involved. I say more players are going to be involved.”

Whether the playoff should be expanded is a heated talking point. Group of 5 teams feel left out of the process, and a four-team field ensures that at least one Power 5 conference will be excluded every year. On the other hand, there are concerns about the academic calendar and how many games a team can be reasonably asked to play in one season.

Meyer has been critical of the current CFP format before, but he’s never favored expanding it. If colleagues in the game convinced him that it’s the right solution, one has to wonder how many rank-and-file coaches would privately agree with the former Ohio State coach.

More must-reads:

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

TODAY'S BEST
Celtics' Jaylen Brown should be ready for training camp after wrist surgery
NFL: We're taking Deshaun Watson investigation seriously
Yankees SS Gleyber Torres out again due to health and safety protocols
Advertisement
Advertisement
Brewers' Corbin Burnes sets record for most strikeouts before walking a batter to start season
Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore reach agreement to buy Timberwolves, Lynx
Bears coach Matt Nagy to participate in rookie minicamp virtually after close COVID-19 contact
Panthers' Matt Rhule 'disappointed' by Teddy Bridgewater criticisms
Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols clears waivers, becomes free agent
Phillies' J.T. Realmuto on COVID-19 IL, not positive for virus
NBA announces Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award
Russell Westbrook records more statistical history in loss to Hawks
Tom Brady reacts to big showdown with Patriots in return to New England
Former Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich isn't buying Tim Tebow's NFL return
Attorney criticizes NFL for handling of Deshaun Watson situation
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski will return to New England in Week 4
Yankees confirm COVID-19 outbreak among coaches, support staff
Russell Westbrook passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list
Rangers fire David Quinn as head coach
Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater criticizes Panthers' practice habits
Kraken sign first player in franchise history, ink Luke Henman to three-year deal

Want more College Football news?

Join the hundreds of thousands of fans who start their day with Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the best newsletter in sports.