College Football Playoff Committee Still Can't Reach Agreement on Playoff Expansion

By Kevin Harrish on January 10, 2022 at 2:07 pm
Playoff Expansion?

Another meeting with no progress.

College Football Playoff decision-makers met once again on Monday, and once again, they made no progress towards potential College Football Playoff expansion, likely meaning an expanded playoff isn't happening anytime soon.

Monday's meeting was a joint meeting between the CFP Management Committee, which is the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, and the CFP Board of Managers, which is 11 university presidents and chancellors. According to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, it didn't go well.

"Have you seen the movie Groundhogs Day?" Bowlsby asked in jest. “There are holdouts for four, there are holdouts for eight, there are holdouts for 12. It has been a very frustrating process.”

Bowlsby said that expanding before the contract in 2024 or 2025 does not seem to be feasible, meaning that the earliest we could practically see expansion is 2026.

Pete Thamel reports that bowls, automatic qualifiers and revenue distribution seem to be the obstacles still in place, but that talks are ongoing and the committee is expected to meet again in the coming weeks.

In June, the College Football Playoff appeared to be headed towards a 12-team playoff model, possibly as early as the 2024 or 2025 seasons. However, after Oklahoma and Texas jumped to the SEC from the Big 12, that momentum seems to have died.

College Football Playoff committees have met several times since the summer, but no real progress has been made.

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