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AP source: College Football Playoff to expand to 12 by 2026

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The university presidents who oversee the College Football Playoff voted Friday to expand the postseason model for determining a national champion from four to 12 teams no later than the 2026 season.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the presidents would like to have the new format in place as soon as the 2024 season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

A process that started 14 1/2 months ago with an optimistic rollout of an ambitious plan, and then was derailed as conference leaders haggled over details and questioned each other’s motivations, is now finally moving forward.

The presidents approved the original 12-team proposal that called for the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large picks, as determined by a selection committee, to make the playoff. The top four seeds would be conference champions and receive byes into the second round.

First-round games would be played on campus and the rest at bowl sites.

There are still issues to be hammered out by conference commissioners who comprise the CFP management committee, which is scheduled to meet next week. Most revenue sharing and whether the logistical hurdles can be cleared in time for a new playoff to be up and running by 2024.

CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock announced in February that expanding for the 2024 and ’25 seasons was off the table and attention would be turned to what the playoff would look like for 2026 and beyond. Last month, the CFP locked in sites for the championship games to be played after the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

But the 11 presidents who make up the Board of Managers ultimately decide what happens with the playoff, and they took matters into their own hands to push expansion forward. Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, the chairman of the board, said earlier this year the presidents planned to get more involved after the commissioners had given up on trying to expand before the end of the CFP’s current 12-year contract with ESPN.

But the 11 presidents who make up the Board of Managers ultimately decide what happens with the playoff, and they took matters into their own hands to push expansion forward. Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, the chairman of the board, said earlier this year the presidents planned to get more involved after the commissioners had given up on trying to expand before the end of the CFP’s current 12-year contract with ESPN.

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