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Big 12 to Get Two Automatic Bids in Newly Proposed 14-Team College Football Playoff: Report

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Just when you thought things might begin to settle down in the world of college football, think again.

According to Yahoo Sports‘ Ross Dellenger, there are conversations under consideration to expand the College Football Playoff to 14 teams, and include the following automatic bids: Three for the SEC and Big Ten, two for the Big 12 and ACC, one for the Group of 5 and then three at-large selections to the remaining highest-ranked teams.

 

Dellenger cautioned that the proposal “is nowhere near finalized and is not the only format option that emerged from a meeting last week of the CFP Management Committee.” However, if this were finalized, it would begin for the 2026 college football season.

Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated reported the Big Ten proposed getting four bids in the 14-team field.

These reports come days after the College Football Playoff committee decided to move from a 6+6 model on the 12-team playoff to a 5+7 model. 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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