By Anthony Caruso III | Editor
There has been so much speculation that the FBS College Football Playoffs will be expanding. Now it’s finally official.
On Friday, in a landmark decision, the college football playoffs would be expanded to 12 teams. Currently, only four teams achieve this.
“This is an exciting day for the future of college football,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “As originally proposed, the 12-team playoffs create more access for teams and conferences across the country to compete in the college football championship. There is work to be done to make this format a reality. , but I’m glad we’re all moving in the same direction with a common goal.
The new plan is to have six conference champions qualify for the college football playoffs. There will also be six major auctions.
The plan is to have this new college football playoff begin in 2026 once the new deal goes into effect with ESPN. There is a chance that the new format could start in 2024.
“There are still quite a few issues to be resolved – some very obvious logistical issues that need to be resolved – but we are hopeful that we can get [the commissioners] to act as quickly as possible,” said Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, Chairman of the CFP Board of Directors. “We have asked our commissioners, the steering committee, to explore the possibility of us starting the 12-team playoff format before the 2026 season, in 2024 or 2025.”
This format would call for the top four teams to receive a bye to the quarter-finals. The next four highest-ranked teams will host the lowest-ranked teams on their respective campuses.
Then, those who advance to play the top four seeded teams will be played in Bowl matches. The semi-finals would also be played in a Bowl match.
The College Football Playoff National Championship would take place at a site to be determined.
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