College Football Playoff working group endorses 12-team field, 4 teams receive byes
The College Football Playoff is one step closer towards expanding after Thursday’s meeting.
College Football Playoff expansion is coming with the working group endorsing a 12-team model with six conference champions and six at-large teams making the postseason field.
Sports Illustrated was the first to report the news of playoff expansion and the details.
After working with a four-team field since the advent of the College Football Playoff, the calls for expansion grew louder in recent years with the same teams competing for the national championship. While trying not to diminish the regular season, expanding to 12 teams appears to be the happy medium.
Having 12 teams getting in will appease all Power 5 conferences as well as opening the field for teams from the Group of Five to be included, something that has been an afterthought, as UCF fans can attest.
College Football Playoff has a proposal in place to expand to 12 teams
The four highest-ranked conference champions will receive a bye. This proposed format guarantees at least one Group of Five team gets in annually.
The eight remaining teams will play with the higher-ranked team hosting the lower-ranked one on their campus. This is a welcome change after playing at neutral sites.
Here is how the seeding would have gone last season had this been the format in effect.
- Ohio State
- Coastal Carolina
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Iowa State
What is interesting about this format is that the Pac-12 still would not have gotten a team in, as the conference champion Oregon Ducks only finished No. 25, as they were 4-2 on the year and did not even win the Pac-12 North last year. That would have allowed two Group of 5 teams to get in with Cincinnati winning The American and undefeated Coastal Carolina winning the Sun Belt.
An official announcement is expected by next week.