Back in April, ESPN reported the College Football Playoff management committee would ultimately recommend extending the playoffs anywhere between six and 16 teams during a meeting held in Chicago next week.
That advice would have landed on a concrete number.
Atletica Nicole Auerbach and Heather Dinich of ESPN confirmed Thursday that the committee will recommend extending the playoffs from four to 12 teams. This format will include the top six conference champions with the top six ranked non-champions receiving great offers.
“No conference would automatically qualify and there would be no limit to the number of participants in a conference,” reads part of the proposal, as shared by Dinich.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson are tasked with writing the proposal. CFP executive director Bill Hancock said earlier this spring that a new format would not be embraced for either the 2021 or 2022 season, and Dinich said Thursday’s development was “only the first step in a long process “.
“The timetable is certainly an important detail, but it has not yet been determined. It is too early to predict the timetable, but even if the council decides to change the format, it may well not happen until after the expiry of the current agreement,” which is only after the 2025 season, ”Hancock explained in April.
Regardless of what fans think of the change, the days of a four-team playoff to determine a national champion are undeniably numbered.