College Football Playoff Committee looks to expand playoff format

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


College football is looking to expand their playoffs to allow more teams to have a shot at a national title.

The College Football Playoff Committee has been meeting to find a format that works, but hit a snag on Wednesday when they could not come to an agreement on the proposed 12-team format. The committee consists of the 10 major conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director. Currently, the college football playoff consists of the top four ranked teams in the country at the end of the regular season. The highest seed plays against the lowest and the two middle seeds play against each other, with the winners play for the national championship.

The hold-up reportedly revolves around who would receive automatic bids and how late the season would go. A smaller 8-team format was brought back to the table yesterday as a possible resolve to end the season earlier. Currently, the regular season ends right near Thanksgiving, and bowl games begin during the week between Christmas and New Years. There was hope that the format proposal would be finalized before a meeting with the college presidential board next week, but it will now just be an informational meeting.

Currently, the top 4 teams in the county are Alabama (#1), Georgia (#2), Oregon (#3), and Oklahoma (#4). All four teams sit at 3-0 after the first three weeks of the season. If the season were to end today these four would be the teams entering into the current playoff format.