With the future of the College Football Playoff still up in the air beyond 2025, the SEC and Big Ten may be preparing themselves for a future without the postseason as we currently know it.
In a report from Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti, expressed doubts in their commitment to the future of the College Football Playoff. This comes days after Friday’s announcement that the Big Ten and SEC would be forming an advisory committee to explore the future of college athletics.
Asked if he was committed to the College Football Playoff beyond 2025, Sankey told Yahoo, “Yep, but we’ve got a lot to get right. The commitment is we want to see this get right.”
The College Football Playoff committee last met in January before the National Championship Game in Houston. This group includes a university president from each of the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame.
The plan was to move ahead, as expected, with a 12-team playoff model, however switch from six to five automatic bids, with seven, rather than six, at-large bids, since the Pac-12 had effective disintegrated. But the vote was delayed by Washington State president Kirk Schulz, who just happens to be the Pac-12 representative, and whose vote is needed. The decision must be unanimous to change the format for the final two years of the current contract in 2024 and 2025.
Schulz is reportedly looking to get revenue distributions and voting rights for the Pac-2 of Washington State and Oregon State. This has, naturally, been met with pushback.
So now the waiting game continues, and in the meantime, the future of college football, and college athletics, may be at stake as the SEC and Big Ten continue to explore potential other options for themselves.