Pac-12 commissioner weighs in on College Football Playoff's decision to stick with 4 teams
The College Football Playoff has made a decision on expansion. It won’t be happening until 2026 at the absolute earliest. So sit back, relax and try to make the most of this 4-team format for the time being.
Shortly after the decision to stick with 4 teams was announced on Friday, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff sent out a tweet to weigh in on the decision. It doesn’t sound like it’s one he necessarily agrees with.
“I share the disappointment felt by many college football fans today,” Kliavkoff wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to working collaboratively with other Commissioners to deliver a football playoff format that is more inclusive and balanced.”
I share the disappointment felt by many college football fans today. I look forward to working collaboratively with other Commissioners to deliver a football playoff format that is more inclusive and balanced.
— George Kliavkoff (@Kliavkoff) February 18, 2022
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock confirmed that the format will remain in place through the 2025 season. That means we’ll have at least 4 more years of a 4-team bracket.
“The Board of Managers has accepted a recommendation from the Management Committee to continue the current four-team playoff for the next four years, as called for in the CFP’s original 12-year plan,” Hancock said in a statement. “At the same time, the Board expects the Management Committee to continue its discussions of a new format that would go into effect for the 2026-27 season.”
Last summer, that had been some serious momentum heading in the direction of an expanded Playoff. The most popular recommendation was a 12-team field.
It could still be a possibility but we won’t see any changes for a few years.