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New CFB format to include 12 teams

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

There has been so much speculation that the FBS College Football Playoff would be expanding. Now, it’s finally official.

On Friday, in a landmark decision, the College Football Playoff would be expanding to 12 teams. Presently, only four teams make it.

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“This is an exciting day for the future of college football,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “As originally proposed, the 12-team playoff creates more access for teams and conferences across the country to compete in college football’s championship event. There is work to be done to make this format a reality, but I am pleased we are all moving in the same direction with a common purpose.”

The new plan is to have six conference champions to advance to the College Football Playoff. There will be six at large bids, as well.

The plan is to have this new College Football Playoff begin in 2026 once the new deal kicks in with ESPN. There is a chance that the new format could begin in 2024.

“There are still quite a few issues that have to be resolved — some very obvious logistical issues that have to be resolved — but our hope is that we can get [the commissioners] to move on this as quickly as it is possible to do so,” said Mississippi State president Mark Keenum, chair of the CFP’s board of managers. “We have asked our commissioners, the management committee, to explore the possibility of us beginning the 12-team playoff format before the 2026 season, in either 2024 or 2025.”

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This format would call for the first four teams to receive a bye into the quarterfinals. The next four higher ranked teams to host the lower seeded teams on their respective campuses.

Then, those who advance to play the top four seeded teams will be played in Bowl games. The semifinals would also be played in a Bowl game.

The College Football Playoff National Championship would be at a site to be determined.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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