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FBS commissioners concerned more with format than blowouts in CFP expansion discussion

Georgia's 34-11 win over Michigan in last Friday's Orange Bowl is part of a trend of blowouts in CFP semifinal gamesGETTY IMAGES

As the leaders of the CFP prepare for another in-person meeting on Saturday in Indianapolis to discuss expanding the current four-team system, the lopsided semifinal scores "might not resonate as much with the commissioners as they have with fans and critics over the past week," according to Heather Dinich of ESPN.com. The 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick "continue to debate what future model is best for the sport," and the bigger topic of discussion "remains what the format should be." There is "still some support for an eight-team model," but the "majority in the room favor a 12-team field." Because there remain differing opinions, several commissioners involved in the discussions said yesterday that they have "serious doubts about whether they can agree to expand the playoff at this time." Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he would be "very pleasantly surprised" if they come to any conclusions. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said that he believes the CFP's management committee "can come to a resolution this weekend." Sankey: "I showed up in early December prepared to make a decision. Others were not. I can speak for myself and I can speak for this conference: We're prepared to make a decision" (ESPN.com, 1/4).

SABAN QUESTIONS EXPANSION: Alabama football coach Nick Saban said that he "doesn't see the logic" in expanding the CFP to include more teams. Saban said, "I don't know that expanding -- if this is the best four teams and they played each other, I don't see the logic in: If we had more teams, there would be better games. I don't know how that adds up." He added, "The more we expand the playoffs, the more we minimize bowl games, the importance of bowl games, which I said when we went before. So I don't think that's changed, and I think it's also come to fruition" (TUSCALOOSA NEWS, 1/4).

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