College Football Playoff releases official proposal details for 12-team format
The College Football Playoff has released a statement, officially announcing that there is a proposal to expand the four-team field into a 12-team format. News was first reported by Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated on Thursday afternoon.
Nothing has been confirmed at this time, other than the fact that a 12-team idea has been proposal. It was proposed in front of the full College Football Playoff management committee.
𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟: 12-Team Playoff Proposed by College Football Playoff Working Group
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) June 10, 2021
“The four-team format has been very popular and is a big success,” the working group said in a statement. “But it’s important that we consider the opportunity for more teams and more student-athletes to participate in the playoff. After reviewing numerous options, we believe this proposal is the best option to increase participation, enhance the regular season and grow the national excitement of college football.”
From the CFP Working Group on 12-team expansion proposal: The date of implementation of a potential new format was not a part of the working group's proposal. Bill Hancock said the format will not change this year or next year, so the 2023 season appears to be the earliest chance
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 10, 2021
According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, the 2023 season would be the earliest a new, expanded format would be implemented. Still, it’s a step towards including more teams in college football.
The next step in the process towards expansion is for the management committee to review the proposal and recommendation at its next meeting, scheduled for June 17-18 in Chicago.