The long-awaited college football playoff expansion is set to take place in 2024.
The CFP officially announced on Thursday that it will run for two seasons. The expansion announcement comes after an agreement with the Rose Bowl to make it part of the expanded playoffs.
“We are excited to move forward,” CFP Director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “When the board expanded the playoffs from 2026 and asked the CFP management committee to consider the feasibility of starting the new format earlier, the management committee got to work. More more teams and more access means more excitement for fans, alumni, students and student-athletes.We appreciate the managers of the six bowling games and the two future host cities of the national championships for their cooperation. the world has realized that this change is in the best interests of college football and has rallied together to make it happen.
As Sports Illustrated reported Monday, the Rose Bowl had been the final hurdle preventing the Playoffs from making the early switch. CFP officials reportedly issued an ultimatum to Rose Bowl organizers a few weeks ago, giving them a month-end deadline to accept the proposal.
The Rose Bowl will be a quarter-final of the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
According to the playoffs, the first round will start the week of Saturday, December 21. All four quarter-final matches will be held at bowl venues, meaning No. 1-4 seeded teams that earn first-round byes won’t get a chance to hold a home playoff. .
The 2024 National Playoffs title match will take place on January 20, 2025, with the quarter-finals to be played around New Year’s Day.
Why it took the Rose Bowl so long to agree to PSC expansion
The Rose Bowl reportedly obstructed the PCP in an effort to maintain its status and structure as much as possible. First, he asked that he be allowed to keep his traditional Jan. 1 window in future playoffs, with plans to host the Big Ten and Pac-12 teams when his playoff game didn’t fall on the day of the playoffs. ‘Year.
CFP officials reportedly rejected the idea. The next step for the Rose Bowl was a proposal in which it would relinquish control of the New Year, but would be allowed to hold a semi-final two out of three years, rather than hosting two quarter-finals for each semi-final in the cycle currently. intended. This, too, apparently did not go well.
Had the Rose Bowl not agreed to the change, college football’s most legendary bowl would have faced the possibility of being left out of the New Year’s Six-Bowl rotation in the CFP’s next contract.
Instead, Them All’s grandfather has seemingly waived special treatment, and now it looks like the College Football Playoffs has all the support it needs to move forward with its expansion plans. lucrative. The expanded field would bring in $450 million in gross revenue starting in 2024.
What will the expanded college football playoffs look like?
Under the new system, the Playoff field will consist of the top six conference champions from the 10 active conferences, plus six wild-card teams, guaranteeing a spot for one team from the group of five. The top four conference champions will get byes to the quarter-finals, while the remaining eight teams will play first-round games at the top-seeded teams’ home stadiums.
The six New Year’s Bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta and Peach) will go through quarter-finals and semi-finals, with each bowl getting a semi-final once every three years.