The topic of expansions surrounding the College Football Playoff dominated 2021. Though we know the CFP will complete its current contract, what happens in 2026 and beyond is still to be determined.

Speaking at the SEC spring meetings Thursday, CFP Chair and Mississippi State president shared an update on what the next steps toward expansion talks could look like. In particular, Keenum expressed that his hope is to have a format for the playoff decided on by next summer.

“I hope we can get something done within a year,” Keenum, the Mississippi State president, tells Sports Illustrated at SEC spring meetings in Destin.


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After the previous expansion talks fell through, the CFP Board is taking a more authoritative role in guiding the next round of expansion discussions, Keenum says. The CFP Board is made up of 10 FBS presidents and the president of Notre Dame whereas the CFP Committee is made up of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.