College Football Playoff Expansion Scenarios: 5, 6, 8, 12 & 16-Team What If Formats

College Football Playoff Expansion Scenarios: 5, 6, 8, 12 & 16-Team What If Formats

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College Football Playoff Expansion Scenarios: 5, 6, 8, 12 & 16-Team What If Formats

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8-Team Format & Scenario

Again, like the six-team format, there’s a problem here with too much screaming and yelling from the coaches and schools about too many games being too much for too many players, and now the logistics start to get a little out of whack.

However, if the CFP went to this, it would make for one amazing Saturday of games two weeks from now, all played on December 15 on the home field of the higher seed.

No. 8 UCF at No. 1 Alabama
No. 7 Michigan at No. 2 Clemson
No. 6 Ohio State at No. 3 Notre Dame
No. 5 Georgia at No. 4 Oklahoma

However, the only way this would realistically get through would be if there was some sort of agreement from the conference commissioners that all five Power Five champions get in, along with the top-ranked Group of Five champion. But if you can’t get in as a champion or a top wild-card, that’s on you.

No. 9 Washington at No. 1 Alabama
No. 8 UCF at No. 2 Clemson
No. 6 Ohio State at No. 3 Notre Dame
No. 5 Georgia at No. 4 Oklahoma

12-Team Format & Scenario

Look, it’s just not going to get any bigger than eight, if at all.

The logistics are too much of a problem, but okay – the top four teams get a bye, the bottom eight play on December 8 on the home field of the higher seed, Round 2 is on December 15 on the home field of the higher seed, and then we dive into the normal four-team College Football Playoff.

In this, there’s no way this is even a possibility unless all four Power Five conference champs are automatically in, along with a Group of Five champion.

No. 12 Penn State at No. 5 Georgia
No. 11 LSU at No. 6 Ohio State
No. 10 Florida at No. 7 Michigan
No. 9 Washington at No. 8 UCF

Lowest-ranked remaining team at No. 1 Alabama
Next-lowest ranked remaining team at No. 2 Clemson
Next lowest ranked remaining team at No. 3 Notre Dame
Highest-ranked remaining team at No. 4 Oklahoma

16-Team Format & Scenario

Oh screw it. Just let everyone in. First Round on December 7th and 8th on the higher-seed home field, Second Round on December 15 on the higher-seed home field,

The College Football Playoff final four would be as currently set up. All five Power Five conference champions are automatically in, and the top-ranked Group of Five champion is automatically in.

No. 16 West Virginia at No. 1 Alabama
No. 15 Texas at No. 2 Clemson
No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Notre Dame
No. 13 Washington State at No. 4 Oklahoma
No. 12 Penn State at No. 5 Georgia
No. 11 LSU at No. 6 Ohio State
No. 10 Florida at No. 7 Michigan
No. 9 Washington at No. 8 UCF

The process then gets reseeded – highest-ranked remaining team gets home field over the lowest-ranked remaining team, and so on.

Or, we keep it four and the regular season of college football is still amazing and awesome without diluting the process.


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