LISTEN: CFB insider Brett McMurphy explains why Playoff expansion won't happen until at least 2026
A hot topic of discussion during this year’s media days has been College Football Playoff expansion and when and if it will happen.
Many are in favor of it, including the Big Ten, AAC, Big 12 and others, but it doesn’t seem on the verge of happening any time soon, though discussions will certainly be had.
On Tuesday, college football insider Brett McMurphy said not to expect anything to get done until 2026 at the earliest:
Will college football expand to an 8 team playoff? Yes, but not any time soon, says @Brett_McMurphy on #TheEdge.#TheEdge M-F 12-3p PT on https://t.co/GLnt2HZaXW and @SIRIUSXM 204 pic.twitter.com/nCsRn0A1wD
— VSiN (@VSiNLive) July 23, 2019
“The good news is, if you want an eight-team playoff, it’s gonna happen,” he says. “The bad news is you’re going to have to wait until 2026. I know there are some people who think it can happen in the current contract with the College Football Playoff. This is year six of the 12-year deal. All of these bowl announcements that have been made this week, last week, in previous weeks — those are for 2020 through 2025. To do an eight-team playoff before 2025, you would literally have to rip up 42 bowl agreements and restructure those bowls, because we don’t know how that eight-team playoff would impact those bowl games.”
It’s an interesting landscape in college football right now, so we’ll see how things play out over the coming years.