Change might be coming to the Faculty Soccer Playoff format. Earlier this summer time, a Faculty Soccer Playoff working group, which is tasked with inspecting CFB Playoff enlargement eventualities, proposed a 12-team mannequin that will see the highest six convention champions and 6 at-large groups attain the playoff every year. This might be a change from the present four-team format during which the Faculty Soccer Playoff Choice Committee names the highest 4 groups that may play within the annual playoff.
As for the proposed format, the highest 4 convention champions could be given a bye and the first-round video games could be hosted on the larger seed’s dwelling stadium. On this format the No. 5 workforce would host the No. 12 workforce, the No. 6 workforce the No. 11 and so forth. There are nonetheless a variety of hurdles remaining earlier than this proposal is permitted, but it appears a target for these changes is the 2023 season.
Throughout Huge 12 Media Days, Iowa State working again Breece Corridor was requested to offer his opinion on the potential enlargement.
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“I feel increasing it might be good and unhealthy,” Corridor stated. “Usually with the four-team playoff, individuals will say these are the 4 finest groups. However then it will get into who ought to be in, who might have been in, who would have been in. And with the 12 workforce playoff, it simply offers extra groups an opportunity simply primarily based off their document and primarily based on who individuals assume ought to be in. So I feel it might go each methods.”
He later continued.
“It may be huge, not just for the Huge 12 however for all of the conferences,” Corridor stated. “Simply having these groups that would have made it, ought to have made it, would have made it. Simply having these groups be capable of compete for that’s simply going to be an actual huge deal. You may even see some shocker upsets however that is simply going to be an actual huge change for school soccer.”
If the brand new format was put into place forward of the 2020 season, Iowa State would have probably gone from dropping to Oklahoma within the Huge 12 title recreation to enjoying within the first spherical of a playoff, as an alternative of enjoying Oregon within the one-off Fiesta Bowl.
One potential difficulty with the expanded playoff is participant security. At present, virtually each workforce performs a 12-game common season, but when a workforce makes it to a convention title recreation and a bowl recreation, the schedule expands to 14 video games. Solely two groups make the nationwide title recreation, however these packages play a complete of 15 video games. Below the brand new format, a workforce might theoretically play as many as 17 video games if it makes it to the title recreation. For reference, the NFL common season has been 16 video games however will increase to 17 video games this fall. Some would argue that its too many video games for school soccer gamers to play. However Corridor would not essentially agree with that sentiment.
“I play to win always,” Corridor stated. “So including one or two video games would not damage me in any respect.”