Dabo Hates Realignment Talk, Doesn’t See End In Sight

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Conference realignment talk continues to dominate the sports cycle, at least when it comes to college football. Like with most things, some are for expansion and realignment, while others oppose it.

We can go ahead and count Clemson coach Dabo Swinney among the group that’s against it. He made that much clear on Tuesday when he was asked about the recent news of Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC.

“This is the first domino to fall,” Swinney said. “Ultimately, the more expansion you have, the more you’re going to have super conferences. And probably somewhere down the road … there probably will be some type of 40, 50 or 60-team league that has its own commissioner and a 12, 16-team Playoff.”

Swinney’s concern is one that many share. Expansion talks haven’t just been limited to conferences.

There’s also a growing belief that a 12-team College Football Playoff format is inevitable. With the SEC adding two new teams — with the potential for more at some point — Swinney makes a valid point that things could be heading in that direction.

Some would argue that 60-team league with its own Playoff already exists. There are currently 65 teams in the Power Five, and at this point, we know the likelihood of anyone other than those 65 teams getting into a four-team Playoff is extraordinarily low.

Still, that doesn’t take away from Swinney’s overall point. Where does it end, and how will it affect the overall product that fans have come to love? Those are questions that don’t yet have answers.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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  1. I agree with him. We’re getting ready to completely obliterate what we’ve all known as college football in our lifetimes. Not sure what the other side will look like, but it’s going to be weird for sure.

  2. It is 100% about the money now with the NIL deal. Essentially CFB is now “minor league” football. It was kind of hidden before and now it is just out in the open. Follow the money – 4 conferences with 16 teams each – that is the future.

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