College Football Playoff recommends 12-team playoff with 6 at-large teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Discussions about expanding the College Football Playoff are rapidly increasing as the 2021 season approaches. Potentially expanding the number of CFP teams from four to eight is almost certain, but it might not stop there.
Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reports the College Football Playoff committee will recommend a 12-team playoff that will include the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large bids.
The top four teams will get first-round byes and the first round will be played on college campuses.
Earlier this week, a 12-team playoff was considered “the most likely result,” according to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel. A four-member committee that has been exploring the CFP expansion will present its findings to the CFP committee, including Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The CFP board of managers will then meet to discuss the future of the playoff.
Holding a 12-team playoff could end the debate over whether Group of Five schools like Cincinnati and UCF deserve to be included. The proposed 12-team model is a tremdous win for G5 schools given the highest ranked G5 champion will make the playoff each season.
In prior seasons, the College Football Playoff acted as if G5 schools had a zero percent chance to make the playoff, espeically given the treatment of Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina last season.
The expansion of the playoffs has been discussed for over two years and the committee has endured challenges coming to an agreement so far. If expansion is agreed upon in July, the action will not be put into place for at least a couple years.
But this latest report should give college football fans hope of one day putting the together the perfect bracket they’ve always dreamed of.