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What if there were an eight-team College Football Playoff?

The College Football Playoff committee named four teams to battle for the national championship. But why stop there? An eight-team playoff offers more great matchups, more stars, more everything.

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Expecting year-to-year consistency from the playoff committee is a fool's errand. As it picks the four best teams, it won't always reward conference titles or challenging schedules.

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Another racial divide among bowl teams

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Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, the nation's No. 165 overall prospect and former Oregon commitment, will take official visits to North Carolina (Jan. 13) and USC (Jan. 20). Lenoir committed to Oregon in June and decommitted just hours before Oregon fired former head coach Mark Helfrich last week.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster teased USC fans Sunday with a post on Snapchat that said he was staying in school for one more season, but on Tuesday he told a USC spokesman he was only joking around and had yet to make a decision about his future. A junior, Smith-Schuster is viewed as one of the top draft-eligible receivers and a potential first-round pick.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

There are no "Beat Clemson" signs posted like had become common for Ohio State opponents for each game as the focus was narrowed late in the year after the loss at Penn State. But this day-specific message was in a spotlight on the practice field for the Buckeyes as they had their first full practice for the College Football Playoff.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State center Pat Elflein: "This is why you train so hard. You train to be ready for overtime games, challenges on the road and opportunities like this" in the College Football Playoff.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State once again is getting ready to face a Heisman Trophy candidate, which has been nothing new since Raekwon McMillan arrived on campus. This time it's Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. "It doesn't make us scared or anything like that."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State has returned to the practice field to get ready for the College Football Playoff. The workout is over, and the reminder of "25 days" is looming over the Buckeyes in the Woody.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

A source told ESPN.com that Michigan quarterback Shane Morris is planning to pursue a grad transfer. Morris will graduate from Michigan after and will be eligible immediately with one season remaining to play in . Morris was a former ESPN300 prospect who committed to the Wolverines as a sophomore in the 2013 class.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Will new coach Matt Rhule keep any of Baylor's assistant coaches? AD Mack Rhoades told ESPN 1660: "I don't know at this point in time. There's certainly options there. Coach Rhule has a relationship with a couple of them. He's going to make decisions that are best for Baylor."

Marty Smith ESPN 

Perspective on the spotlight, from @DeshaunWatson4: "This year was a rollercoaster. All the attention. As (your) name gets bigger, the more negative things are thrown your way. Everyone wants to try to find out negative things about that person. People want to bring out weaknesses. "No one's perfect."

Marty Smith ESPN 

Asked @DeshaunWatson4 the biggest difference between hunter and hunted: "You're always being watched. All eyes on you. No matter what time, everyone is circling the Clemson game. Last year people doubted us, thinking we're like previous teams that slipped up here and there. But this program has been more consistent. This year, all eyes on us. Like Coach Swinney always tells us: Embrace the target, because people are coming after us every week."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside of the wins he's accumulated, Clemson's Deshaun Watson said the accomplishment he's most proud of is being the first FBS quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season. "There's so many great quarterbacks that came through and playing now, and it's really hard to do."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

As CBS Sports first reported, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley impressed Houston officials in a recent meeting for their vacant head job. According to Sam Kahn Jr., the Cougars have already met with Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and former LSU coach Les Miles, as well. A hire could be made by the end of the week. Riley could be the one to watch here.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

With Baylor hiring coach Matt Rhule away from Temple, Oregon is now the only remaining open Power 5 job. As Rhule was also a candidate for the Ducks, you wonder if a hiring is imminent. Or if Oregon can pause, with little competition remaining, other than perhaps Houston, and re-evaluate its options.