Announcement of 12-Team Playoff Expected

Joseph Zucker (Bleacher Report)  —  The College Football Playoff management committee is expected to recommend a 12-team playoff, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger.

Under the proposal, the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams would receive a playoff berth. The four highest seeds would have a bye in the first round as well.

Dellenger clarified that any changes to the CFP are a “long way from done.”

The new format would address one of the biggest issues with the current system. A four-team playoff doesn’t make sense when there are five major conferences in a class by themselves. Inevitably, somebody gets left out.

Granting automatic bids to conference champions would also provide some additional importance to the regular season and conference championship games. Last year, for example, the Pac-12 title race was largely an afterthought because it quickly became apparent no Pac-12 team was likely to finish in the top four.

Six auto bids would also open the door for at least one Group of Five team to have a shot. That was another concern expressed in 2020 as Cincinnati went 9-0 but only finished eighth in the CFP selection committee’s final rankings. Coastal Carolina was a perfect 11-0 with a win over BYU and wound up 11th.

Simply having a route into the playoff could be a step toward Group of Five teams catching up to their Power Five peers since it’s a carrot they could dangle in front of prospective recruits.

Some will wonder, however, whether 12 teams is too many, with eight being the preferred number instead.

The College Football Playoff has already taken so much attention away from the traditional postseason bowls, and an even bigger playoff will likely accelerate that effect.

This would potentially water down the regular season as well. Going by last year, three-loss Iowa State and Florida would’ve qualified for the playoff. Three losses may not have cost Wisconsin and Auburn in 2019, either.

The incredibly high stakes of each game is what makes the college football regular season so fun. Now, fans will come to believe top programs can lose two, maybe even three games and still be relatively safe.

Perhaps there’s still some more wrangling over the final details before any alterations are finalized.

bleacherreport.com

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UtahTrojan
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UtahTrojan (@utahtrojan)
June 11, 2021 1:02 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I have a hard time accepting there are 4 offensive lines in the PAC more offensive than USC’s.

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
June 12, 2021 10:52 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Sorry, but he lost all credibility with me. UCLA had the Pac’s #2 rushing offense in 2020 (averaging 224.5 yards a game) and returns its entire OL. USC had the Pac’s #12 rushing offense (averaging 97.3 yards per game) and lost is by far best OL to the NFL. ASU, by the way, had the #1 rushing O with 264.3 yards per game. USC averaged 3.2 yards per carry; UCLA averaged 5.0 yards per carry. USC’s 2020 OL’s rushing both per carry and per game were by far the worst in the Pac. UCLA’s were #2 overall and #4 per… Read more »

Trojan5
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Trojan5 (@trojan5)
June 11, 2021 9:38 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Good morning Allen. Or should I say Aloha. 🌴🌊🍍. I agree with you 100%. Plus, by not guaranteeing each Power 5Conference Champion a CFB spot it forces everybody to continue to get better. USC will not be able to just get by. If they want to be relevant they will have to get better. Being a top 15-25 team will not cut it. Hopefully a new HC will be in place to usher in the new CFB playoff format. Mike Bohn should compare the Clay Helton record to the new CFB proposal. If that record didn’t qualify USC for the… Read more »

UtahTrojan
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UtahTrojan (@utahtrojan)
June 11, 2021 1:05 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

with the lowered capacity they will not use attendance figures, they will just say the coliseum looks fuller.

LawyerJohn
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LawyerJohn (@lawyerjohn)
June 10, 2021 6:28 pm

First, expanding the playoffs is years away, and by then Helton will be far distant in the rearview mirror

Second, an 8-team playoff makes more sense. No team gets a bye, so the champion would have to win 3 games.

And what ever happened to the idea that these college students would be worn out with that kind of a football work load after a grueling 12-game season?

volunteerTrojan
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June 10, 2021 7:57 pm
Reply to  LawyerJohn

The FCS divisions handles a 16 team tournament just fine.

Golden Trojan
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Golden Trojan (@golden-trojan)
June 10, 2021 5:55 pm

This is the best thing to happen to college football since they started the 4 team playoff. Add the NIL and things could get wild. Sure the 10-12 seeds will get slaughtered especially in the first few years. But soon you will see 1st round upsets. A 5-7 seed that gets hot in November could make a run. How great to see an up and coming coach, like a Luke Fickell, take a big name out! Group of 5 schools will up their game in a few years. It will be March Madness in December. So there would be 4… Read more »

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Golden Trojan
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Golden Trojan (@golden-trojan)
June 10, 2021 6:13 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I like it!😜

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
June 10, 2021 4:20 pm

Where did they come up with 12 teams. It seems some years it is difficult to find 4 championship caliber teams, and what happened to that nice round number 8? One thing we have to consider is that if they go with 12, they will never go back. They will juggle things around and try to make a bad decision look good. That is how the ncaa works, make a bad decision, lay the details on someone else, and defend their position that they know what they are doing. Sometimes, not so much. This is one of those times it… Read more »

UtahTrojan
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UtahTrojan (@utahtrojan)
June 10, 2021 4:26 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

so long as it is one of the six highest-ranked conference winners

does anyone know of hand how many times the PAC-12 champ would have satisfied this requirement?

UtahTrojan
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UtahTrojan (@utahtrojan)
June 10, 2021 12:28 pm

Sadly, this still does not get USC into the playoffs, where if they did they would be hugely embarrassed.

UtahTrojan
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UtahTrojan (@utahtrojan)
June 10, 2021 2:00 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I’m all for increasing the size as well. Sadly with too 12 USC would have been a shoe-in every year under PC. Now, too 29 will not even help.

Terrific Tommy
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Terrific Tommy (@terrific-tommy)
June 10, 2021 3:50 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Just imagine the poor soul who has to walk in Coach K’s footsteps at Duke. Oh well, I doubt Coach K will sit behind the bench during Duke home games like Wooden did.