College Football Playoff panel suggests expansion to 12 teams

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FILE – Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison (15) breaks up a pass intended for Clemson’s Artavis Scott during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Glendale, Ariz., in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, file photo. The College Football Playoff would expand from four to 12 teams, with six spots reserved for the highest ranked conference champions, under a proposal that will be considered next week by the league commissioners who manage the postseason system, a person familiar with announcement told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the CFP has not yet released details. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

The College Football Playoff is considering an expansion from four to 12 teams and a key move toward that occurred Thursday when a CFP working panel recommended such a move.

Six spots would be reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions plus six at-large selections.

Such a plan would triple the number of teams with a shot at winning the national championship. The four-team playoff was implemented in 2014. Its popularity seems to have waned since only a few teams have grabbed the majority of the spots, led by Alabama and Clemson. The soonest such a plan might be in place would be for the 2023 season. It is more likely to be after the 2026 season.

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