Few teams have been more consistently cheated of the chance to prove their worthiness as title contenders on the field than the Penn State Nittany Lions. Joe Paterno famously coached four teams that went undefeated and uncrowned, and as he was for so many of college football’s eventual innovations, Joe was an outspoken advocate for a playoff system to determine a champion. After years of hearing it would never happen, an actual four-team playoff still left the 2016 Big Ten Champion Nittany Lions on the outside looking in. So news that the college playoffs are set to expand to include 12 teams in the near future should be welcome in Happy Valley, where the home team would have made a 12-team field in four of the last seven years. But might moving from four top contenders to 12 teams overall prove “too much of a good thing?” That’s the question we tackle as we begin our examination of the college football playoff’s inevitable expansion.
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