CFP leadership to review proposal for 12-team playoff

A College Football Playoff committee agreed Friday to send a proposal for a 12-team playoff to the full group for discussion.A group tasked with exploring options to expand the current four-team playoff presented its report to the CFP management committee in a meeting in Chicago. Now, the university presidents and chancellors who oversee the College Football Playoff will review the proposal Tuesday at a conference in Dallas.Approval won’t be quick. At the meeting next week, the management committee will ask the full board to seek feedback from a variety of groups, including their peers, student-athletes, athletic directors and coaches. A feasibility assessment of the 12-team format also is expected to commence.”Vetting with everyone on campus will be an important element,” said Bill Hancock, the CFP executive director. “The working group’s proposal was the first step in a long process. It’s important to reach out and listen to a wide variety of people involved in college football.”The working group’s proposal puts the six highest-ranked conference champions, plus the next six highest-ranked teams as determined by the CFP selection committee, in the playoff. There would be no automatic qualifiers, nor a limit on how many teams could represent a conference.The four highest seeds would get a first-round bye, with the other games pitting No. 5 vs. No. 12, No. 6 vs. No. 11, No. 7 vs. No. 10 and No. 8 vs. No. 9.