College football power brokers are reportedly considering a revised 12-team playoff format.
According to Sports Illustrated, the group of conference commissioners overseeing possible expansion are considering a 12–team format that will include every P5 champion and the highest ranked G5 team. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
The remaining six teams would be at-large bids.
NEWS: Leaders are mulling an alternate 12-team playoff expansion model proposed last week, sources tell @SINow.
Instead of 6 highest-ranked conference champs getting auto bids, the alternate model grants AQs to each P5 champion + best G5 champ – a “5+1”https://t.co/Ok33FuObIg
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 11, 2021
In the previously proposed 12-team model, the only auto-bids were the six highest ranked conference champions.
The College Football Playoff is on the verge of officially expanding to 12 teams.
– 6 highest-ranked conference champs
– 6 at-large bids
– 1st round home games
This is going to be ELECTRIC.
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) June 10, 2021
Personally, I’m on the fence about giving every single P5 champion an auto-bid to the playoff. The upside is that it has serious March Madness vibes.
You win your conference and you’re in. It goes without saying that there’s a lot of fun to be had there, and I can see the appeal.
I’ve even argued for it many times myself.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 11, 2021
However, are we sure we want a potentially unranked PAC-12 or an unranked Big 12 team in the playoff if they manage to win their conference?
Remember, the Big 12 is about to be seriously diluted when Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC. It’s going to be a shell of its former self.
I’m not sure fans want that at all.
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What I do know is that we 100% need expansion, but it seems like we have a complete mess on our hands when it comes to finding it. Let’s just hope something positive comes out of all of this.