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Calhoun prefers a playoff for college football

Published: July 26, 2011, 8:40 pm, by admin

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is a diehard sports fan, so it wasn’t surprising that he had thought about the playoffs vs. bowls debate that every other college football fan has thought about.

Calhoun’s opinion: an eight-game playoff, with the bowl system staying intact around that, would work.

“I think there’s a way you can have both,” Calhoun said. “That way, there’s more participants that legitimately earn a spot. It blows the roof off the current ceiling that’s over the top of college football.”

Calhoun said he thinks an eight-team field would be the best fit for a playoff.

“Then, legitimately, the regular season has a strong part to it,” Calhoun said. “And when you have eight teams, you don’t nudge out somebody you really, really feel like is a legitimate Final Four team.”

Calhoun knew one issue with a playoff is increasing the games in a season, but he pointed out that many high schools play 14 or 15 games, and the NFL plays a much longer schedule.

Calhoun added that college football is the only sport that doesn’t decide its champion with some sort of playoff structure. He thought a playoff would only increase the popularity of the sport.

“I think it’s a stamp that helps college football,” Calhoun said.