I've been reviewing the past four years worth of CFP rankings and with all the talk of expansion, Harbaugh favors 16 teams, I think we should revisit conference championship games if we want to go above 8 teams. In the four years of the playoff only 5 conference title game losers have not finished in the top 16 final CFP poll. 2014 Wisconsin, 2015 Florida and USC, 2016 Florida and Virginia Tech. So I ask the board, what is the motivation to play these games if 85% of the participants are going to make the playoff no matter what the outcome?
If the playoff expands to 16 teams then about only 1 conference championship game a year is going to have playoff implications for a participant in that game, but both teams risk injury while non title game participants in the top 16 are locked in and get an extra week at home to rest. What is the benefit of playing if the goal is to win the playoff?