The College Football Playoff is considering expansion.
During its meeting this week, the College Football Playoff management committee discussed the possibility of expanding the playoff field in the future.
The committee received a briefing from a working group of four members tasked with considering options for the future format of the playoff, which included 63 possibilities, including options of six, eight, 10, 12 and 16 teams.
There will be no changes to the format for the next two seasons, but the working group will continue its work and potentially deliver a report to the management committee at an upcoming meeting. Should the management committee agree on a future model, they will present it to the 11 university presidents and chancellors who manage the College Football Playoff for the final decision.
"Since January 2019, when the presidents charged us with taking a careful look at all aspects of CFP, including the format, this group has diligently evaluated options for the future. Its efforts were delayed as a result of the pandemic, but it met again this week in Dallas, and we look forward to hearing more when its work is complete," College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a release.
Despite the ongoing talks of expansion, however, Hancock was clear that the working group and the management committee "support and believe in the four-team playoff as it is currently constituted."
"We are entering the eighth year of our 12-year agreement for the College Football Playoff and the management committee is extremely satisfied with the popularity and success of the CFP," Hancock said. "It is wise and good management to review where we stand as we discuss what the future might – 'might,' for emphasis – look like."