College Football Playoff Rankings Expansion Top 12 Projection After Penultimate Top 25

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College Football Playoff Rankings Expansion Top 12 Projection After Penultimate Top 25

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College Football Playoff Rankings Expansion Top 12 Projection After Penultimate Top 25

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This just got a whole lot spicier.

The Rose Bowl has to give a Yay or Nay on whether or not it wants to be a part of the College Football Playoff expansion idea. No big deal, just about a half a billion dollars are on the line if the CFP can go to 12 teams for the 2024 season.

What would happen if the expanded College Football Playoff was this year?

After the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released, an expanded playoff would look like this …

College Football Playoff Rankings Expansion Top 12 Projection After Penultimate Top 25

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Top Four Projected Seeds After the Penultimate College Football Playoff rankings
 (top four conference champions)

1. Georgia (SEC): Sugar Bowl
2. Michigan (Big Ten): Rose Bowl
3. TCU (Big 12): Orange Bowl
4. USC (Pac-12): Cotton Bowl

At-Large Seeds 



12. Tulane (AAC champion) at
5. Ohio State (Big Ten)

11. Utah (Pac-12) at
6. Alabama (SEC)

10. Kansas State (Big 12) at
7. Tennessee (SEC)

9. Clemson (ACC Champion) at
8. Penn State (Big Ten)

Second Round Bracket Projection

1. Georgia (SEC): Sugar Bowl vs
8. Penn State (Big Ten)

2. Michigan (Big Ten): Rose Bowl vs
7. Tennessee (SEC)

3. TCU (Big 12): Orange Bowl vs
6. Alabama (SEC)

4. USC (Pac-12): Cotton Bowl
5. Ohio State (Big Ten)

Top Four Teams That Would Be Left Out
Washington (Pac-12), Florida State (ACC), LSU (SEC), Oregon State (Pac 12)

Here’s how it’s going to work (this is from the College Football Playoff):

1. The 12 teams will be the six conference champions ranked highest by the selection committee (no minimum ranking requirement), plus the six highest-ranked teams not included among the six highest-ranked conference champions.

2. The ranking of the teams will continue to be done by a selection committee whose size, composition, and method of selection will remain substantially unchanged.

3. The four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four and each will receive a first-round bye.

4. The other eight teams will play in the first round with the higher seeds hosting the lower seeds either on campus or at other sites designated by the higher-seeded institution (No. 12 at No. 5, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7 and No. 9 at No. 8.

5. The model allows for first-round games to be played on either the second or third weekend in December in a way that best accommodates the format and the participating teams, with at least 12 days between the conference championship games and the first-round games. The Management Committee would make the final determination of the calendar.

6. Subject to reaching agreement with bowls, the four quarterfinal games and two Playoff Semifinal games would be played in bowls on a rotating basis.

7. The national championship game will continue to be played at a neutral site.

8. Subject to reaching agreement with bowls, the four highest-ranked conference champions will be assigned to quarterfinals bowls on selection day in ranking order, and in consideration of current contract bowl relationships if those bowls are selected for the rotation. For example, if the Pac-12 champion were ranked #1, the Big Ten champion were ranked #3, and the Rose Bowl were a quarterfinal site, the Pac-12 champion would be assigned to the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten champion would be assigned elsewhere.

9. With the four highest-ranked champions assigned to quarterfinal games in bowls, the opponent from first-round game winners will be assigned by the selection committee based on the bracket.

10. The higher seeds would receive preferential placement in the Playoff Semifinal games.

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