The sub-committee in charge of researching college football playoff expansion officially proposed a 12-team playoff format on Thursday, the College Football Playoff announced.
The current playoff format is four teams, and has been since its inception in 2014 when the Oregon Ducks reached the national championship game as the second-ranked team, defeating third-ranked Florida State in the semifinal at the Rose Bowl. Oregon lost to four-seed Ohio State in the national title game.
The College Football Playoff said the proposal Thursday is the first step in a long process, a process that will not conclude before this fall.
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Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the CFP, said, “Now that the working group has presented its proposal, the management committee will solicit input from university presidents, coaches, athletics directors, student-athletes and others. That input will help inform what the management committee recommends to the ultimate decision-makers — the presidents and chancellors who serve on the board of managers. I do want to remind you that the final decision will be made by the board of managers, and that decision will not come before this fall.”
The date of implementation of a potential new format was not a part of the working group’s proposal and would be a matter considered if any recommendation is approved by the board of managers. Hancock said the format will not change this year or next year. The current agreements for the four-team CFP extend through the 2025-26 season.
Other elements of the working group’s proposal included the following:
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