'I thought eight would be a good number' for expanded CFP format, says Aaron Murray


Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney recently told reporters that neither he nor his players are in favor of a 12-team College Football Playoff format, arguing that there aren't even a dozen championship-caliber programs.

Right or wrong, former Georgia quarterback and current CBS Sports analyst Aaron Murray understands Swinney's disinterest in expansion. He too prefers the CFP format to be more exclusive.

"I was always a purist with the four teams. If you watch college football enough, you know there's probably two or three teams every year that can win a national championship," Murray told the Tiki and Tierney show on Wednesday. "But that doesn't mean that other teams don't deserve it. I've covered a bunch of Group of Five games. I've covered Cincinnati four or five times in the past three years. That's a good football team...

"Could they beat Alabama? No. But do they deserve an opportunity to at least try? Yeah, I do think so. To me, my eyes have kind of been open a little bit to expansion. I thought eight would be a good number. Obviously, you hear more and more people argue why 12 is good, it sounds great...

"It does open up the world, makes it a little bit interesting. It gives some of the no-names, the Group of Fives an opportunity to go out there and possibly have an upset. It's not going to be like NCAA basketball, where every year, you get some Cinderella story. But I do think some of these schools deserve a seat at the table."

Last month, the CFP's board of managers -- which consists of 11 university presidents and chancellors -- authorized conference commissioners to move forward with their proposal of a 12-team format. Final approval is possible sometime this fall, and the new playoff model could arrive as early as 2023.

Clemson has been a mainstay in the CFP era, with six straight appearances, two national championships, and two runner-up finishes since 2015.

The entire college football conversation between Murray and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.

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