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College football expands playoffs from four teams to 12

College football expands playoffs from four teams to 12
College football expands playoffs from four teams to 12

Next year we will finally get a real college football playoff bracket!

An original plan called for the annual 12-team bracket to feature the six highest-ranked conference champions, with the other six spots being filled by the next highest-ranked teams.

The new format, which starts this fall, will seed the four highest-ranked conference champions No. 1 through No. 4. Each of those teams will get a first-round bye. Seed No. 5 will host No. 12, with additional 6-11, 7-10, 8-9 matchups. The higher-ranked team will get home-field advantage in those first-round matchups.

This likely means the champions in the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC will automatically get in.

The top four conference champions will have a bye; the bottom eight will play to create the opponents for the quarterfinal round.

You know the NCAA has to love this, because it means more football games!

The quarterfinal and semifinal games will be played as part of the New Year’s six bowl schedule. The national championship game will still be played at a neutral site.

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