Dabo Swinney: Don't expand playoff further
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney kicked off the Tigers' portion of Fiesta Bowl media day with some sound bites some College Football Playoff proponents may deem politically incorrect.
He has no desire to see the current four-team format expand. In fact, "I thought the BCS got it right, to be honest with you," Swinney said Thursday.
"I think if (the playoff) goes bigger, we water it down. And now all of the sudden, you've got these teams with three losses that get in because maybe their brand is strong and things like that. I think we have it right, I really do. I love bowl games, I love seeing some of these matchups."
It's likely the Tigers would've reached the championship game this season and 2015 under the BCS format, which used a combination of polls and computer-selection methods to determine the nation's No. 1 and 2 teams.
Clemson was 13-0 and ACC champion at the end of the '15 regular season, and enters this season's College Football Playoff 12-1 with a second consecutive ACC crown. The Tigers finished first and second, respectively, in the final CFP rankings (determined by a human committee) of '15 and '16.
This week, they're preparing for their 14th game. Expand the playoff to a 15th game, and Swinney said you've got the NFL.
"To play a 15-game season in college football is incredibly difficult when you're managing the school and the academics and so forth," Swinney said. "It really is, it's a challenge on these guys. So I think something would have to change. I think you would have to probably do away with the (conference) championship games. You probably have to go to one less game.
But I don't think there's anything wrong with ending your season with a victory. ... And if we just go to a total playoff, then there's only one team happy."