College football will have a 12 teams play off as of the 2024-2025 season.
The move comes a day after the Rose Bowl agreed to amend his contract for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. allow the CFP to expand from four teams to officially 12 in 2024.
“We are delighted to move forward,” Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said Thursday in a news release. “When the board expanded the playoffs beginning in 2026 and asked the CFP Management Committee to examine the feasibility of starting the new format earlier, the Management Committee went to work. More teams and more access means more excitement for fans, alumni, students, and student-athletes.
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“We thank the leaders of the six bowl games and the two future host cities of the national championship game for their cooperation. They all realized that this change is in the best interest of college football and came together to make it happen.” .
The College Football Playoff Board of Managers voted to expand the playoffs to 12 teams in September, leading into the 2026 season for the first year with the expanded field.
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The Rose Bowl’s decision Wednesday night to amend the contracts moved up the schedule.
“This is a great day for college football,” said Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University and chairman of the CFP Board of Directors. “I’m glad we can go ahead and launch the extended playoff early. It’s very exciting for the schools, the alumni and everyone involved.”
for the first two seasons of the expanded playoff, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played on a rotating basis. The Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl, and Sugar Bowl will get quarterfinal games by 2024, while the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will get semifinals.
The Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will get to the quarterfinals in 2025, while the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl will get to the semifinals.
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The national championship games will be played on January 20, 2025 in Atlanta and on January 19, 2026 in Miami.
The College Football Playoff has been a four-team event since its inception in 2014.