College Football Playoff Expanding From 4 to 12

On September 2, 2022, the CFP Board of Managers anonymously voted to expand the playoff from 4 to 12 teams, which could begin as soon as 2024.

The College Football Playoff (CFP) has been the playoff system for Division 1 college football for the past eight years. The playoff format consists of the top four teams in the nation, which are voted on by the CFP Selection Committee.

Many of the committee’s decisions have caused controversy. Due to the constant debate, the CFP Committee has looked into expanding the playoff for years.

The move made many fans exuberant about the news, but many were also upset.

One benefit stemming from this decision is making the postseason more entertaining by having 11 postseason games instead of just three. In addition, future NFL players are less likely to sit out of bowl games due to the attention and magnitude the playoff games receive.

Saint Paul’s Sophomore Alex Mott thought the move was a great move for college football. “I think the 12-team playoff is great, and I think it will give many more teams a chance at a National Championship.” He added, “It will also be fun to watch with many possible upsets.”

There are also negatives that come from this decision.

For instance, the regular season games might not have as much significance since two, and maybe even three-loss teams can make the playoff. This, to some fans, eliminates a significant aspect of college football: when a team receives a loss, it’s a deal breaker on that team’s season.

The new format also raises the chances of player injury. Many fans fear some of their favorite players getting injured due to playing so many games. Furthermore, the last thing a star college prospect needs is an injury before entering the NFL Draft.

Sports Analyst Enzo Flojo stated, “Extending the College Football Playoff would be wonderful for a Group of Five programs that wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to compete on a national scale… However, what happens when they leave the field with significant injuries?”

In my opinion, this is an excellent decision for two reasons. First, it gives us more football and doesn’t water down the season too much. Second, to see all these playoff games would be so much more relieving than a stressful four-team playoff. There will be far less controversy about who gets in, and whether the winner deserved to win.

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