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"Some tips in about twenty minutes. The regular season is over the bowl matchups are set. And now, we have weeping and gnashing of teeth over which teams have been left out of the college football playoff. Plus call to expand the format from four to perhaps eight or even sixteen teams sports columnist. Greg more at the Arizona Republic too. Many people are having the wrong debate first off. However, he says university of central Florida undefeated in two straight seasons has a gripe that merits consideration since it has not been invited to compete for a national championship. Greg. What do we have what we've got is a playoff system where teams from the largest conferences have an opportunity to compete for the national championship. We've had this playoff for five years now and in the five years we've never had a school outside of what they call the power five conferences with the exception of Notre Dame. But everybody recognizes Notre Dame as part of the for a lot of different reasons. Plus Notre Dame Notre Dame table that for. For second and consider schools such as UCF. Well, nobody beats them. This is the second year in a row they're kicking everybody's tail and they don't have an opportunity to compete for the national championship. And is that not unfair on its face. Okay. Then the other side of that argument is actually, but do we really think that a school like you? A school that doesn't compete at the highest level of college football competition could reasonably compete with Alabama could reasonably compete with Clemson could reasonably compete with these larger more traditional powerhouse school. If a school such as you Boise state before it Utah before it wants to make it to that top tier do they need to prove that they're a dominant program rather than just a flash in the pan. Great team. Now, those are the two sides of the argument, and I've got thoughts about what we ought to do with that. Okay. So for me like, you know, kind of casual observer here, it strikes me that the season is so long you want to add a couple of playoff games. Maybe trim a couple of regular season ones. So you're not wearing these kids out. They are students after all. That's a piece of it. And for me that kind of segues into what I think ought to be the thing were discussing if we're talking about reforming or overhauling college football. Why in the world aren't we kicking the biggest fish that needs frying? Why aren't we picking the biggest fight that we can cite to do? The most good. Why aren't we focusing on the needs of the student athletes? If you expand the playoff to eight or sixteen team that means more teams will be driven to function as pro football factories, the kinds of places where there is a lot of pressure on coaches. Therefore, there will be a lot of pressure on student athletes, and it is not the kind of pressure that translates to the classroom. It's the kind of pressure that translates to the field. We're speaking with Greg more sports columnist at the Arizona Republic part of the USA today network as written interesting piece about the university of central Florida undefeated now for the second year in a row. In college football. And he says does UCF prove it's time to expand the college football playoff to eight or sixteen teams to break this down. I guess to to the simple atypical typical sports argument here Ken UCF compete on that level with an Alabama. Clemson. Yes, sir. Wanna right? I mean, the history of sports is riddled with David and Goliath story. That's why we play the game. Right. That's why the NCAA basketball tournament has so much intrigue. We look at the so-called Cinderella teams every year visit team nobody's ever heard of from a state. That's not a state right from the school with four or five directions in its name a state named after a guy like we don't know the school, and then they step up, and they compete at a level that sucks the fall. And that's something that we love to see again. The history of sports is riddled with these sorts of stories. So can you see us compete with Alabama? Sure. Why not? But again that to me is not the thing we need. Talking about if you us continues to do is doing there will be a solution. A few years back Utah forced its way into the Pac twelve in part by being so dominant in its class in the class had been competing, at least sorts of things sort themselves out. But again, we've got to be focusing on the student athletes. Thanks, greg. Greg more sports columnist at the Arizona Republic is twenty minutes now in front of the hour on this weekend.."