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College Football Playoff Format Revised for Upcoming 2024 Season

February 20, 2024
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The format for the upcoming 2024 College Football Playoffs is officially set. The College Football Playoff Board of Managers announced on Tuesday a revision to the qualifying criteria for how the 12 teams will be selected.

The format is now the five highest-ranked conference champions and the next seven highest-ranked teams as determined by the CFP committee.

“This is a very logical adjustment for the College Football Playoff based on the evolution of our conference structures since the board first adopted this new format in September 2022,” said Dr. Mark Keenum, President of Mississippi State University and Chair of the CFP Board of Managers in the release sent out on Tuesday. “I know this change will also be well received by student-athletes, coaches and fans. We all will be pleased to see this new format come to life on the field this postseason.”

The previous format included the six highest-ranked conference champions and the next six-highest ranked teams.

According to the release, here’s how the format officially shake out: “Under the 12-team playoff format that begins this fall, the four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four and each will receive a first-round bye, while teams seeded five through 12 will play each other in the first round on the home field of the higher-ranked team. (The team ranked #5 will host #12; team #6 will meet team #11; team #7 will play team #10; and team #8 will meet #9.) The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played in the New Year’s Six bowl games, the national championship game will continue to be at a neutral site. No conference will qualify automatically and there will be no limit on the number of participants from a conference.”

 

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College Football Playoff Format Revised for Upcoming 2024 Season

1,699 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by NJAggie
RodeoPoke
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That's a bunch of BS.

Why not take 6 conference champions? (raises hand: oh, I know, this way more SEC teams can get in!!)

what a corrupt crock of crap
OSUPSYCHO
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It's not bs now that the PAC is gone. This format means it will be the same as they originally planned with the expectation that the champs of the now power 4 get in plus one group of five champ. If they let it the old way another group of 5 champ would have gotten in or even the winner of the PAC 2 ( while it still exists that is).
NJAggie
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Yep, the natural flow. Now we find out what happens next contract as they'll be back at it tomorrow.
RodeoPoke
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OSUPSYCHO said:

It's not bs now that the PAC is gone. This format means it will be the same as they originally planned with the expectation that the champs of the now power 4 get in plus one group of five champ. If they let it the old way another group of 5 champ would have gotten in or even the winner of the PAC 2 ( while it still exists that is).
Yes, a bunch of BS.

and Yes, take another G5 champion (6 conference champs).... more like basketball where they take ALL conference champions whether they are high-major, mid-major or below.

The P12 could be back to 16 teams as soon as next year - they are just waiting for finances to settle this year, and the exit fees to be paid. Then they'll be back to expansion/merger.
NJAggie
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Well today could be eventful. The B1G/SEC are pushing a 16 team playoff. The B1G wants it with 4 guaranteed slots for it and the SEC. The SEC wants it with no guaranteed slots. That seems to be their negotiation tactic. Pushing to bad ideas and the goal something in the middle.

ND is finding itself out of the power structure, the are looking at money in line with Big XII not B1G, and neither of those paths are great for them. Also where the B1G & SEC have protected them in the past to get their vote, now they are being ignored so find themselves in a very different and lower position.

I'd bet the CCG's go away if the go to 16 and so multiple slots for the B1G/SEC at 3 and for the Big XII at 2. with 1 for the highest ranked champ outside those 3. As you can see below I think the ACC's days as a p4 are numbered. The B1G/SEC want this done before the new playoff starts.

In other news the ACC made a statement that FSU could buy itself out of the contract, so the ACC implosion draws near.

FSU/Miami to B1G
UNC/Clemson/UVA/VT to SEC
NC State/Pitt/Louisville/Duke or GT to Big XII.

backphil
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The biggest mistake they are making is to NOT remove the committee voting for rankings and DO replace the rankings with a BCS-esque computer program. Voting needs to go the way of the do do bird. Of course, between voting and the pimping of SEC and B1G teams by FOX and ESPN, there will perennially be only one Big 12 and ACC team in the playoffs and Notre Dame will get in every year.
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NJAggie
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backphil said:

The biggest mistake they are making is to NOT remove the committee voting for rankings and DO replace the rankings with a BCS-esque computer program. Voting needs to go the way of the do do bird. Of course, between voting and the pimping of SEC and B1G teams by FOX and ESPN, there will perennially be only one Big 12 and ACC team in the playoffs and Notre Dame will get in every year.
Well that will probably be a very small part of it as most of the slots will be AQ slots, so the final 3 or so slots chosen by the polls is not a big deal.

Today they talked about 14 teams and 4/4/2/2/1 AQ's. I still think they'll wind up at 16, but today was 14 day. The CFP folks are pushing for the conferences to get it all set within the next 4 weeks. Probably want time to work on the TV deal.
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