Report: College Football Playoff could expand to 12-team format

A report from ESPN Thursday afternoon says the College Football Playoff (CFP) Committee will consider a 12-team format proposal during an official committee meeting next week.

ESPN’s Heather Dinich reports the outlet obtained a copy of the proposal, which Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson all co-wrote.

Dinich reports the proposal calls for the 12-team bracket “to include the six highest-ranked conference champions and the six remaining highest-ranked teams as determined by the CFP selection committee.” Per the report, no conference would be an automatic qualifier, and there also wouldn’t be a limit on the number of playoff teams from a specific conference.

The four highest-ranked conference champions would have the first four seeds and receive a first-round bye, per the report, and the other eight teams would face off on the home field of the higher-ranked team, with successive rounds played in key bowl games and the national championship at a neutral field.

All 10 FBS commissioners and Swarbrick have to agree on a format when they meet June 17-18 to discuss the topic, per Dinich, and if that happens, the CFP’s board of managers will meet June 22 to decide whether or not to approve it.