It was announced on Friday morning that the College Football Playoff has decided to keep its current four-team playoff format through the length of its original contract, the 2025 season. The idea of expansion has been on the table for a couple of seasons now, and it was widely expected to be a possibility as soon as the 2024-25 season.
Well, that never happened and even though there were several meetings throughout the last couple of football seasons, the talking heads that make the final decisions just couldn’t find a way to agree on the future of their sport.
It’s extremely disappointing and downright frustrating that the men and women responsible for playoff expansion couldn’t find a way to put their differences aside and find a way to improve the process of crowning a champion in the world’s best sport.
TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati reacted to the news concerning the College Football Playoff just like the rest of us: “very frustrated.”
“An expanded playoff and more access is a positive thing for everyone,” Donati said. “There is no reasonable argument to the contrary. I still remain hopeful that ultimately this will get done down the road.”
The 12-team proposal that caught momentum this past summer was seemingly brought to a complete halt when Oklahoma and Texas announced their decision to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. That, coupled with media rights contracts, realignment concerns, and scheduling issues, among other things I’m sure, have now forced the Playoff to remain unchanged.
The good news, if there is any, is that when the new CFP contract is discussed it will likely grant conferences like the Big 12 with better leverage for future television contracts. This is an interesting thought, especially when it was announced yesterday that NBC is expected to make a push for Big Ten media rights in 2023.
We may have to wait for four years to see any changes, but a 12-team playoff is likely something that will be worth the wait.