Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds is pleased with the establishment of a four-team football playoff. He just hopes growing the College Football Playoff to eight or more teams gains more support.
"It's a baby step, it's a good step," Dodds said Thursday at the Big 12 spring meeting in Irving, Texas. "I'm kind of an eight-team (playoff) person."
Texas and the Big 12 aren't surprised by Dodds' comments. He's been stumping for a playoff-based postseason in college football since the Big 12 was the Big Eight.
Much like the BCS, a four-team playoff opens itself to detractors when teams with like records and resumes are elevated into the main event while others settle for a traditional bowl game appearance. League commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he discussed 15 names for consideration to serve on the playoff's selection committee.
Dodds said he'd pass if asked to join that panel.
"I think there'll be a lot of conversation about the fifth team and who didn't get in and an 11-1 team that didn't get in because somebody's 12-0 that maybe wasn't quite as good as 11-1," Dodds said of the hypothecial, but seemingly inevitable, debate over differentiating playoff contenders. "If you take eight, you're not going to have that. The ninth team is going to have a concern, but it's not like the fifth team."