College Football Playoff director says expansion process will move forward
The College Football Playoff is moving forward with the process of expanding the field to 12 teams.
Coming out of a commissioners meeting in Chicago, the CFP issued a media release saying the expansion process will move forward.
“The management committee praised the working group for its proposal,” Hancock said in the release. “The process will move forward, and the proposal will be discussed next week by the board of managers.”
The CFP board of managers meeting will take place in Dallas on June 22.
At next week’s board of managers meeting, the management committee will ask the board to authorize the solicitation of feedback over the next few weeks and months with groups that are expected to include student-athletes, university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors and coaches to inform them about the details of the 12-team proposal, and also to begin feasibility assessments of any new format.
“Vetting with everyone on campus will be an important element,” Hancock said.
“The working group’s proposal was the first step in a long process. It’s important to reach out and listen to a wide variety of people involved in college football.
“This is a very exciting time for college football,” Hancock added. “The working group’s proposal includes many details that must be carefully reviewed and discussed. We look forward to that review.”
Under the proposed expansion, the field of 12 teams would include the six highest-ranked conference champions, plus the six highest-ranked other teams as determined by the CFP selection committee. No conference would qualify automatically and there would be no limit on the number of participants from a conference.
Under the proposal, the four highest-ranked conference champions would be seeded one through four and each would receive a first-round bye, while teams seeded five through 12 would play each other in the first round on the home field of the higher-ranked team (No. 5 vs. No. 12; No. 6 vs. No. 11, etc.). The quarterfinals, Playoff Semifinals and national championship game would be played at neutral sites.