What if The NFL Used CFB’s Playoff Format?

Every year there is talk from the media and fans pushing the idea of expanding the NFL playoffs from 12 teams to either 14 or 16. Please don’t listen, Roger Goodell, this is one that you have correct. We already have a wildcard QB matchup featuring some combination of Tom Savage, Brock Osweiler, Matt McGloin, and Connor Cook. Yikes. Does anyone really need to see teams like Tampa Bay, Washington, Tennessee, and Denver included in this the post-season? I don’t.

So let’s agree or agree to disagree that 12 is the perfect number of teams for the NFL playoffs. We will all agree that going to a 4 team playoff would be awful. How ridiculous is it then that this is the exact format that we decide the college football national champion? To really put things in perspective let’s do the math. In the NFL 12 out of the 32 teams, or 37.5% qualify for the playoffs. In college football only 4 of the 127 teams, or 3.15% of the programs are selected to the playoff.

Just for recreation, let us project which NFL teams would be selected to the playoff if they had the same format as college football. To best simulate the committee that college football uses to select their top 4, I simply took the average of several respected NFL power rankings. The results are below.

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. Kansas City Chiefs

    First 2 Teams Out

  5. Pittsburgh Steelers
  6. Green Bay Packers

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