AP source: College Football Playoff will expand to 12 by 2026

by: RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press

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College presidents who oversee the college football playoffs voted Friday to expand the postseason model to determine a four-to-12-team national champion no later than the 2026 season.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the presidents would like the new format to be in place as early as the 2024 season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was yet to come.

A process that began 14.5 months ago with the optimistic rollout of an ambitious plan, then derailed as conference leaders haggled over details and questioned everyone’s motives, is finally unfolding. ‘to advance.

There are still issues to be worked out by the conference commissioners who make up the PCP management committee, which is due to meet next week. More specifically, if logistical hurdles can be removed in time for a new playoff to be operational by 2024.

Last month, the CFP locked down venues for league games to be played after the 2024 and 2025 seasons. But the 11 presidents who make up the board ultimately decide what happens with the playoffs, and they took matters into their own hands to move the ball forward.


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