Here's every B1G College Football Playoff berth since 2014 with a 12-team format
The College Football Playoff is likely moving from four teams to 12 teams beginning in 2023.
While that move won’t be official until later this summer or fall, it’s worth taking a look back at previous seasons to see where Big Ten teams would have landed in an expanded playoff.
Ohio State would have made the playoff in all seven years if the 12-team format existed from the beginning. Penn State is next-best in the Big Ten, with four berths.
Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan would have each made it multiple times. Iowa and Indiana would have made it once each.
Here’s how it breaks down by team:
- Ohio State: 7 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- Penn State: 4 (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Wisconsin: 3 (2016, 2017, 2019)
- Michigan State: 2 (2014, 2015)
- Michigan: 2 (2016, 2018)
- Iowa: 1 (2015)
- Indiana 1 (2020)
Here’s the list of Big Ten teams who still would not have made a theoretical 12-team playoff: Nebraska, Northwestern, Maryland, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue.
Northwestern is the closest of that bunch to reaching the top-12. The Wildcats finished No. 14 in the final College Football Playoff rankings last season. Northwestern has finished in the top-25 of the AP Poll in four of its last six seasons.
The format is expected to change before the 2023 season.