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The 2023 college football season is nearing its end, and the competition for a spot in the College Football Playoff (CFP) is intensifying. As this is the last season before the tournament expands to 12 teams, selecting the top four teams will be a challenge. Here's what we know so far:
Expansion to 12 teams
The College Football Playoff (CFP) will expand to twelve teams from the 2024-25 season, as per the NCAA Board of Managers’ vote. The playoff format will consist of the six highest-ranked conference champions, as determined by the committee, alongside the six highest-ranked non-conference champions. The first four seeds will consist of the top-rated champions from each conference and receive a bye week during the first round of play. The remaining eight teams, comprising seeds five through twelve, will participate in the first round of the competition.
Current CFP contenders
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Florida State is currently the only team in contention for the CFP, as No. 9 Louisville (10-2) was defeated by Kentucky. There are four undefeated teams remaining (Georgia, Michigan, Washington, and Florida State), and three one-loss teams are headed to their respective conference championship games (Texas, Alabama, and Oregon). After losing The Game, Ohio State will need assistance to make it to the CFP.
LSU’s Jaylen Daniels is the leader in the clubhouse for the Heisman Trophy, but Penix and Oregon’s Bo Nix will have the last word.
As the countdown nears one year prior to the inauguration of the expanded playoff, the creators of the 12-team College Football Playoff elucidate the evolution of the sport in 2024 and onwards. The expansion will greatly influence not only the quantity of national championship participants. The initial two or three years of the 12-team playoff will be carefully observed by all athletic directors in order to monitor the committee's direction.