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Air Force's Calhoun suggests format for an eight-team College Football Playoff

July 13, 2017 Updated: July 14, 2017 at 6:29 am
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photo - Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun along the sidelines against Houston Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The game was moved from Houston because of hurricane Ike. Air Force won 31-28. (The Gazette, Kevin Kreck)
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun along the sidelines against Houston Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The game was moved from Houston because of hurricane Ike. Air Force won 31-28. (The Gazette, Kevin Kreck) 

Troy Calhoun spent Father’s Day sitting next to his son at Coors Field when Nolan Arenado completed a cycle with a home run.

“That’s a pretty good day,” said this sports fan who doubles as Air Force’s football coach.

It was the sports fan – and Air Force/Group of Five advocate – in Calhoun who pitched his latest idea for the College Football Playoff.

Calhoun would take the field to eight and break it down like this:

1. ACC champ

2. Big Ten champ

3. Big 12 champ

4. Pac-12 champ

5. SEC champ

6. Wild card

7. Wild card

8. Group of Five playoff winner

That Group of Five playoff would consist of four entrants. He didn’t specify how those four would be determined. Maybe it would be the top-rated champions among the Group of Five. Maybe the top rated regardless of conference.

Point is, as a fan, he wants this process to be open to all involved, and he routinely cites Cinderella stories from other college sports as an example.

“I think it would, really, bring a wholeness that would be splendid for the spirit of college football,” Calhoun said.

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre listened to Calhoun’s pitch, but wasn’t ready to fully endorse it.

“Troy always has great ideas, that’s a great idea there,” MacIntyre said. “It’s just as you keep extending seasons, how does that work out?”

MacIntyre did add that he would have jumped at the chance to extend his season last year, had a hypothetical eight-team tournament been in place and his team been invited.

“I think eventually it will expand a little bit,” MacIntyre said. “I like the way it’s structured within the bowl system. The bowls are still the pageantry of college football and something I think keeps communities involved in college football. Once you take that out, then I think you’ll see a lot of communities fall away from college football and they’ll keep turning to pro football, I really do.”

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