According to Reports, the Rose Bowl Has Signed a Deal to Speed CFP Expansion to 12 Teams
The College Football Playoff’s expansion to 12 teams was initially scheduled for 2026, but it’s looking increasingly probable that it will happen sooner.
According to various reports, the Rose Bowl’s current contract has been changed, opening the path for a 12-team playoff to begin in 2024.
The Rose Bowl’s new deal has made a 2024 expansion a reality, which was previously regarded to be an outside chance.
Back in September, the committee agreed to a 12-team playoff; it had previously been a four-team postseason since its debut in 2014.
Similar to prior NCAA tournaments, the 12 participants will be made up of the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams.
The four highest-ranked conference champions would receive first-round byes, and the remaining eight clubs would compete in the first round, with games played at the home fields of higher seeds. Existing bowl games would host the quarterfinals and semifinals. Since the CFP’s inception, the New Year’s Six have rotated as semifinal matchups.
The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 National Championship Game under the current structure.
Expanding from four to twelve games in 2024 and ’25 will necessitate rescheduling semifinal and championship games that have already been scheduled, as well as adding four new first-round games in mid-December to be played on university sites.
CFP executive director Bill Hancock stated in September that CFP officials have communicated with bowl partners and host cities that are scheduled to host semifinal and championship games following the 2024 and ’25 seasons, but no specific replacement dates have been offered.
Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and USC currently rank first through fourth in the CFP. If all four teams win their respective conference championship games this weekend, the playoff will almost certainly take place.