Premier League-style relegation would solve a lot of CFB’s problems

Nov 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; BYU Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall (3) is tackled by Southern California Trojans safety Xavion Alford (29) in the second half at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when BYU and Coastal Carolina scheduled a game with roughly 72 hours’ notice, and BYU got its equipment truck to Conway, SC, in time for that game? That BYU-Coastal game destroyed longstanding notions that flex-scheduled college football games were logistically impossible.

It is clear that college football could benefit at the top of the power structure from November flex-scheduled games between playoff contenders. We don’t need a larger playoff if November weeds out the contenders from the pretenders.

The first seven or eight weeks of the season would reveal the top contenders for playoff spots. ESPN could arrange flexed games in pre-determined open weeks in mid-November and get a TV windfall.

Meanwhile, though, relegation and promotion games at the lower end of the FBS structure could be flexed into the schedule at the same time. It fits all the way around, not just at the top end of the sport’s power structure.


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