The College Football Playoff expansion process is underway.
The CFP management committee said Thursday that it would officially propose a 12-team expansion. The 12-team idea was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel on Monday. The 12-team playoff would feature the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams. The top four conference champions would receive a first-round bye while the eight other teams played in the first round at the home stadiums of the Nos. 5-8 teams. The final three rounds would be bowl games at neutral sites.
“The four-team format has been very popular and is a big success,” the CFP working group that submitted the proposal said in a statement. “But it’s important that we consider the opportunity for more teams and more student-athletes to participate in the playoff. After reviewing numerous options, we believe this proposal is the best option to increase participation, enhance the regular season and grow the national excitement of college football.”