Dabo Swinney Against Playoff Expansion, Didn't Support 4-Team Playoff Either

By Kevin Harrish on July 20, 2021 at 6:13 pm
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In a shocking turn of events, Dabo Swinney is against something good and fun.

Expansion of the College Football Playoff seems to be imminent at this point, with most surrounding the sport supporting expansion of some type, whether or not they support the reported 12-team model.

Swinney is certainly not one of those supporters. He doesn't support the 12-team model, he doesn't support expansion – hell, he made it clear he never even supported the playoff to begin with. And his simple reason is that he doesn't want to play more games.

"Our team wasn't for it," Swinney said. "They don't want to play more games, and to be honest with you, I don't think there's 12 teams good enough.

"So you've got to play more games just to play more games, and I think the more you expand it, the less important the season becomes."

The coach added that he also wasn't in favor of the current system when it was introduced in 2015. The Tigers have appeared in the four-team playoff in six consecutive years, only missing out in the first year of its existence in 2015. They have reached the title game four times and won twice, in 2017 and 2019.

"I wasn't for the four-team (playoff)," he said. "I don't ever get it right. ... I love the college game and I loved it when it was a big deal to be top 25, top 15, top 10, go win the bowl game."

I'm heartbroken to say that I actually agree with him that there are never 12 teams good enough to play for a national title in a given season, but he immediately ruins his point by expressing that he was against the four-team playoff when his own damn team made the title game as a No. 3 seed two years ago.

Also, it's amazing to hear the coach of a team that routinely has the easiest path to the playoff object to the idea of playing more competitive games in order to win the title.

All in all, this take is incredibly on-brand.

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