The College Football Playoff committee announced this week that the playoff will officially be expanding to 12 teams in the 2024 season. Here is a closer look at some of the details.
- The top six conference champions will receive automatic bids.
- The last six spots will be reserved for the SEC, I mean at large teams (read one Big Ten team).
- The four highest-ranked conference champions will receive a first-round bye.
- The four highest remaining teams would host the first-round games at their home stadiums.
The new playoff will bring a more national feel to the playoff by including more conferences and teams from across the country. The real game-changer is going to be the home playoff games. Those electric atmospheres will lead to a call for fewer netural-site and sterile bowl venues.
"I mean, everybody talks about the Notre Dame game, but we want to be louder than that."
— DawgNation (@DawgNation) October 31, 2022
Take a look at the first-round matchups based on the committee’s rankings this week. We could see a playoff “White Out” in Happy Valley, The Shoe welcoming the Green Wave, Neyland’s Navy rocking again, and the Tide welcoming the Utes.
New CFP format that will start in 2024:
(1) 6 highest-ranked champs get AQs
(2) next 6 highest-ranked teams get At-Larges
(3) byes to top 4 conference champs
(4) 1st round at better seed
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 1, 2022
The expanded playoff will also increase the importance of Conference Championship weekend. Dan Wetzel argued this week that the Georiga, Michigan, TCU, and USC should all be locked into the playoff and not punished if they slip up this weekend.
1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. TCU 4. USC. That’s the committee’s opinion after 12 weeks, thus the field should be set. If no one can play in this weekend, then no one should be able to play their way out. It’s the only logical, rational argument. https://t.co/GleqE8TT4c
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) November 30, 2022
As I heard this week on one of my football podcasts, it was a 13th data point that kept TCU out of the playoff in 2014, it could be the 13th data point that costs them a spot in 2022. I think we can all agree the playoff needs more of whatever the hell this is.
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 27, 2022
The expanded playoff also increases accessibility for all of the conferences. The Big Ten and SEC have separated themselves from the other ten conferences in terms of dollars and acquiring talent.
The Big Ten getting $1 billion a year in TV deals pic.twitter.com/Z17scDrGug
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 18, 2022
This goes beyond the G5 argument. The new media rights deal for the SEC and Big Ten has left the ACC, Big 12, and Pac 12 in the dust. They now will have to claw and scrap their way to earning one of those top six spots. The gap to the Sun Belt, AAC, and Moutain West is shrinking. James Madison will be ready.
JMU football finished a historic season in its FBS debut, going 8-3 (6-2 Sun Belt). Local photographer Steve Sodikoff captured the Dukes in action. pic.twitter.com/1oHaVYUByf
— WHSV Sports (@WHSVScoreZone) November 29, 2022
Finally, look to the Pac-12 Championship this year. It is no longer the North playing the South. Instead, the Pac-12 ditched divisions and is having the two highest-ranked teams face each other in the championship. This led to intrigue throughout the season. Last weekend (the final weekend of the regular season), saw as many as four teams with a shot at playing in the championship. The ACC is going Coastal and ditching divisions next year, with the Big Ten and SEC likely to follow in 2024. This will not only gives fans an extra weekend of great games but also ensures that no team will be bumped from the 12-team format.
The Pac-12 Championship Game in Las Vegas is officially SOLD OUT. pic.twitter.com/SpcFPlqneq
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 1, 2022
2024 can’t come soon enough. I’m here for it and I know you will be too.
Stat of the Week: Fertilizing the Transfer Portal Grass
the transfer portal is already going off & i love watching where players end up going and making an impact.
BUT a gentle reminder as you watch this:
last year, 40% didn’t get a better opportunity
54% found a FBS home
& 59% got a FBS scholarship.
it’s not always better.
— Dailey Joy (@daileyjoyf) November 30, 2022
The Transfer Portal officially opens for business on Monday. Joy’s tweet is a good reminder though, not all players find a home in the portal. Some are left on the outside looking in. Players will have a 60-day window to see if they want to leave for greener pastures. The sky is not falling! Tony Siracusa does. a good job of breaking down the December Portal.
To those about to panic over the transfer portal rush and proclaim the demise of CFB for high school players; The CFB scholarship numbers remain unchanged. There are just as many for 2023 as there were for 2022. It is going to feel like a bigger rush to the portal this
— Tony Siracusa (@TonyBruin) December 1, 2022
Conference Championship Game Selections
Let’s be honest, my regular season picks stunk, but that’s ok. I enjoyed watching the games and being mystified at the number of times I lost a pick by a .5 or 1 point. Let’s give out some trophies!
🎟️ North Texas 🆚 UTSA (-8.5)
🏆 Conference USA
⏰ 7:30 p.m. EST (Friday)
💰 #BirdsUp 🤙
Jeff Traylor is a wagon at UTSA. He will be ready to take over in College Station when the oil money comes in.
Friday night fit.
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) December 1, 2022
🎟️ Utah 🆚 USC (-2.5)
📍 Allegiant 🏟️
⏰ 8 p.m. EST (Friday)
💰 #FightOn ✌️
Utah’s 4th straight trip to the Pac-12 Championship. Caleb Williams seals the Heisman.
— USC Football ✌️ (@uscfb) December 1, 2022
🎟️ Kansas State 🆚 TCU (-2.5)
📍 AT&T 🏟️
🏆 Pig 12
⏰ 12 p.m. EST
💰 #GoFrogs 🐸
Do you really want to go against the Hypnotoad?
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 30, 2022
🎟️ Toledo (-3)🆚 Ohio
📍 Ford Field
⏰ 12 p.m. EST (Friday)
💰 #LiftOff 🚀
This should be an evenly matched and entertaining game. Great second-screen watching.
All eyes on the MAC Championship 🚀
— Toledo Football (@ToledoFB) December 2, 2022
🎟️ Coastal Carolina 🆚 Troy (-8.5)
📍 Veterans Memorial 🏟️
🏆 Sun Belt
⏰ 3:30 p.m. EST (Friday)
💰 #TealNation 🐔
Jamey Chadwell is rumored to be off to Liberty. He pisses teal one more time with the Chants.
Coastal Carolina HC Jamey Chadwell wore an “I Piss Teal” shirt, something he got after Grayson McCall’s return announcement.
McCall says he has more shirts in the works through NIL. pic.twitter.com/j3N138afvn
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 26, 2022
🎟️ Georgia (-17.5) 🆚 LSU
📍 Mercedes Benz 🏟️
⏰ 3:30 p.m. EST (Friday)
💰 #GoDawgs 🐶
In the last two years, Georgia has faced six Top 15 teams not named Alabama. The Bulldogs have allowed 13, 3, 11, 13, 0, and 3 points in those games and have won each of them by an average of 24.0 PPG. All 6 went under the total and Georgia covered the spread in five of them… (via @chrisfallica)
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) December 2, 2022
🎟️ UCF 🆚 Tulane(-4)
📍 Yulman ️🏟️
⏰ 4 p.m. EST
💰 #RollWave 🌊
Willie Fritz decided to stay in New Orleans this week rather than head to the Ramblin Wreck at Georgia Tech. He is rewarded with a win.
— Tulane Football (@GreenWaveFB) December 1, 2022
🎟️ Fresno State 🆚 Boise State (-3)
📍 Albertsons 🏟️
⏰ 4 p.m. EST
Boise started off 1–3 before going a perfect 8–0 in conference. Andy Avalos has the Broncos back to where we all thought they were.
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) November 29, 2022
🎟️ Purdue 🆚 Michigan (-17)
📍 Lucas Oil 🏟️
⏰ 8 p.m. EST
💰 #BoilderUp 🚂
Jeff Brohm, the Boilermakers are 3–1 against top-five teams, including two wins during the 2021 season.
Morning Mood 🙌 pic.twitter.com/d8JnAnbwY3
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 27, 2022
🎟️ Clemson (-7.5) 🆚 UNC
📍 Bank of Amerca 🏟️
⏰ 8 p.m. EST (Friday)
💰 #AllIn 🐯
No underdog has won the ACC Title Game since 2011. Favorites have won and covered each of the last five, winning by 24, 24, 45, 32 and 35…(via @chrisfallica)
Championship fight. pic.twitter.com/sJkqnclWw6
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 1, 2022