Everyone has an opinion on the proposed 12-team College Football Playoff scenario.
Most, it should be noted, are in their own self-interest.
On Friday, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement saying the Power 5 conference champions should receive automatic bids.
“The Pac-12 supports expansion of the CFP and believes that the Autonomy Five champions should annually qualify for the CFP,” he said in the statement. “We greatly appreciate the work of the CFP sub-committee as well as the thoughtful and productive discussions amongst the management committee this week in Chicago. We now look forward to reviewing the expansion proposal more thoroughly with our members, student-athletes, partners and other key stakeholders.”
The Pac-12 hasn’t qualified for the CFP since 2017 when No. 4-seeded Washington lost to No. 1 seed Alabama 24-7. Two years prior – in 2015 – No. 2 Oregon lost to No. 4 Ohio State 42-20 after advancing with a 59-20 win over No. 3 seed Florida State.
Not everyone, however, feels the Power 5 conference champs should get an automatic bid.
Sun Belt commissioner Keith Gill issued his own statement Friday night.
“The Sun Belt Conference supports College Football Playoff expansion, including the working group’s recommendation to have the six highest-ranked conference champions in the field,” Gill said. “Playoff spots should be earned and not given. Under the proposed system, if you are a deserving team, you should have no concerns of being left out of the Playoff. I look forward to continuing the conversation next week with the CFP Board of Managers.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.