Should playoff include eight teams?

If an SEC champ somehow gets shut out of the playoff, calls to expand to eight teams will follow. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff on Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners -- it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.

Today’s question: Should the playoff have started at eight teams?

Yes, ideally, because the current “playoff” is literally an invitational; the committee ultimately decides who's in. Merit is defined by a 13-person panel.

But as we gravitate toward autonomy and the Power Five is entrenched, the conference that gets left out of the four-team model -- or more than one league, potentially -- will raise hell. And that's why I believe we'll see an expansion to eight teams in the coming years.