College Football Playoff to broaden to 12-team format

The College Football Playoff’s board of managers unanimously voted Friday to broaden the CFP to 12 groups in 2026 however is encouraging the game’s commissioners to attempt to implement it as quickly as 2024.

The board’s 11 presidents and chancellors accredited the unique 12-team mannequin, which incorporates the six highest-ranked convention champions and 6 at-large groups, the board introduced on Friday.

“This is an historic and exciting day for college football,” mentioned Mark Keenum, the president of Mississippi State and chairman of the CFP board of managers, in a press release. “More teams, more participation and more excitement are good for our fans, alumni, and student-athletes. I’m grateful to my colleagues on the board for their thoughtful approach to this issue and for their resolve to get expansion across the goal line and for the extensive work of the Management Committee that made this decision possible.”

The rankings of the groups will proceed to be decided by the CFP choice committee, which can stay largely unchanged.

The 4 highest-ranked convention champions will probably be seeded one by way of 4 with every receiving a first-round bye. Groups seeded 5 by way of 12 will play one another within the first spherical on both the second or third weekend of December. The quarterfinals and semifinals will probably be performed in bowl video games on a rotating foundation, and the championship sport will probably be at a impartial web site, as underneath the present four-team format.

The 12-team mannequin was initially put collectively by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, Swarbrick, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson and former Massive 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. It was floated publicly in June 2021 however received slowed down by convention politics. In February, the CFP introduced it will not be increasing within the present contract, which expires after the 2025 season.

The main holdup had been particular objections from the ACC, Massive Ten and Pac-12. However after the thunderbolt of realignment this summer time with USC and UCLA committing to the Massive Ten and that convention signing a historic tv deal, the problems from these leagues started to fade into the background.

Two weeks in the past, the CFP board held an unannounced name, discussing growth and the potential for a 12-team playoff beginning amid the construction of the present contract. That manifested itself Friday afternoon, a landmark day within the sport, on the cusp of the formal begin of the soccer season Saturday.

“The Pac-12 is strongly in favor of CFP expansion and welcomes the decision of the CFP Board,” the Pac-12 mentioned in a press release Friday. “CFP expansion will provide increased access and excitement and is the right thing for our student-athletes and fans. We look forward to working with our fellow conferences to finalize the important elements of an expanded CFP in order to launch as soon practicable.”

It’d take weeks or months to work out the potential for enjoying a 12-team playoff in 2024 or 2025. Whereas CFP officers have laid out the obstacles to such a sudden transfer — venues, motels and tv contracts — cash can loom as a strong motivator for change.