WATCH: Mike Leach makes most obvious, common-sense argument for expanding playoff

Former Texas Tech coach and current philosopher Mike Leach is tired of hearing that the College Football Playoff shouldn’t expand.

Leach, now the coach of the undefeated Washington State Cougars, went on an epic rant about playoff expansion Monday. The crux of his argument is pretty obvious and actually makes a ton of sense.

Literally every other level of organized competitive football has a bigger playoff than four teams. So why is the FBS (or as Leach still class it, Division I-A) any different?

Leach is of course campaigning for his own team, which is currently ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25. Obviously a playoff format that included eight teams or more would benefit him a lot.

But the Pac-12 and Big 12 should be allies in the push for expansion. They’re the only Power 5 conferences to get left out of the CFP since the format was instituted in 2014. The Big 12 missed out in 2014 and 2016. The Pac-12 was left out in 2015.

Leach’s argument carries plenty of weight. The NFL has a 12-team playoff. The FCS uses a 24-team format. From high school to the pros, no football league besides the FBS has a playoff format that only includes four teams.

Adjustments might have to be made to accommodate a larger playoff, including perhaps shortening the regular season and allowing campuses to host playoff games instead of bowl games. But Leach is right. It’s time to stop making up excuses, because the FBS is the only league doing that.

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