The College Football Playoff Board of Managers announced today, Sept. 2, that the College Football Playoff will expand to 12 ( Including the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large) teams by 2026, after university presidents who oversee the College Football Playoff voted unanimously to expand the postseason model.
“This is an historic and exciting day for college football,” said Mark Keenum, the President of Mississippi State and the chairman of the CFP Board of Managers. “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 board of managers will aim to have the new format in place as soon as the 2024 season. While this process started 14.5 months ago, the plan is just now moving forward. According to the news release, The Management Committee will implement the board’s decision, including dates for games, broadcast entities, revenue allocations, sites of the 11 games and terms of agreement.
The board approved that the 12 teams will be the six conference champions in addition to the six highest-ranked teams that are not include among the highest-ranked conference champions; that ranking will be done by a selection committee; that the four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four– receiving a first-round bye; that the eight other teams will play in the first round; that first round games will be played on second or third weekend in Dec.; that four quarterfinal games and two playoff semifinal games would be played in bowls; the national championship game will continue to be played at a neutral site; the four highest-ranked conference champions will be assigned to quarterfinals bowls on selection day in ranking order; the opponent from the first-round game winners will be assigned by the selection committee based on the bracket; higher seed will receive preferential placement in the Playoff Semifinal games; and first round games will not have title or presenting sponsors.
“I’m very pleased we were able to get this accomplished and I look forward to expansion taking place,” Keenum said. “The four-team playoff has been highly popular and successful. I believe this new format will be even more popular and successful.”
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