Opinion: College Football Playoff expansion seems well on its way to happening

Because this is college football, where nothing important happens in a straightforward or efficient manner, one of the more important announcements of the offseason was buried deep in a Friday news release.

In fact, taking the words at face value, it wouldn’t be news at all that the College Football Playoff acknowledged that a working group briefed the 11 university presidents who sit on its management committee about 63 different possibilities for a new playoff format, including 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- and 16-team options. 

“First and foremost, the working group conveyed to the management committee that it continues to support and believe in the four-team playoff as it is currently constituted,” the release stated in a nugget that mentioned after plans for stadium capacity for this year’s playoff and the progress being made by the national championship host committee in Indianapolis. 

Of course, to anyone steeped in the history of this organization, soft-pedaling any statement on playoff expansion is complete hogwash. The fact it’s even being formally mentioned is all by CFP executive director Bill Hancock is all but an admission the battle is over. All that’s left is figuring out the details of how and when it’s going to happen. 


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