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College Football Playoff Committee Explored 14-Team College Football Playoff: Report

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Just when you thought college football was going to settle into a whole new world, the powers that be apparently have other plans. Or at least those other plans were briefly discussed.

According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, the College Football Playoff committee discussed the idea of a 14-team playoff at their meetings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Wednesday.

 

This news comes one day after the College Football Playoff committee confirmed it would flip to a 5+7 format starting in 2024. But the fact that the committee is already looking at expansion before the first year of the Playoff going from four teams to 12 teams would suggest this is something that will be getting plenty of attention moving forward.

The dissolution of the Pac-12 made the 6+6 format obsolete. Under the new 12-team playoff format, which will begin this fall, the four highest-ranked conference champions will each receive a first-round bye after being seeded one through four. Meanwhile, the teams seeded five through 12 will kick off the first round of the playoff, with the higher seed hosting the opening round game on their home field (#12 at #5; #11 at #6; #10 at #7; #9 at #8).

 

The quarterfinal and semifinal games will be hosted at the New Year’s Six bowl sites, while the National Championship Game will continue to be played at a neutral site as well.

As noted in the CFP release, no conference will qualify automatically, nor will there be a limit on the number of teams that one conference can have in the playoff.

The first round of the 2024 College Football Playoff will begin on Friday, December 20, with the National Championship concluding the playoff on Monday, January 20, 2025.

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