Despite push from Pac-12, there will be no College Football Playoff expansion in 2020
Any hopes of seeing the College Football Playoff expand during the 2020 season have been shattered.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Heather Dinich reported that other commissioners in college football did not agree with Larry Scott of the Pac-12 that there was a need to include eight teams in this year’s field, due to the unique circumstances. The College Football Playoff field will remain at just four teams this season.
Because leagues are beginning the season at different times and there are a varying number of games being scheduled in each conference, this season appeared to be the opportune time to experiment with an eight-team field. But it will be business as usual for the selection committee, which is tasked with selecting the four best teams at the end of the season.
With limited nonconference action this year, it will make the committee’s job more complex than usual. Add in the caveat that the B1G is playing nine games, the Pac-12 is playing seven and the ACC and SEC will hit the double-digit mark, there are going to be several factors taken into consideration when selecting teams.
Currently, the College Football Playoff selection committee is set to release its final rankings on Sunday, Dec. 20. All conference championship games are expected to be completed by then.