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The College Football Playoff Board of Managers announced Thursday that they will expand to 12 teams beginning in the 2024-25 season.

The first round of the playoff in 2024 will take place the week ending Saturday, December 21, at either the home field of the higher-seeded team or at another site designated by the higher-seeded institution. (No. 12 at No. 5, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7, and No. 9 at No. 8.) The specific game dates, likely late in that week, will be announced later.

For the 2024 and 2025 seasons, the four quarterfinal games and two Playoff Semifinal games will be played in bowls on a rotating basis. The 2024 quarterfinals will take place in the Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, while the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the Playoff Semifinals. The 2025 quarterfinals will take place in the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, while the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl will host the Playoff Semifinals. Specific dates for all quarterfinal and semifinal games will be announced at a later time.

The national championship games will be played January 20, 2025, in Atlanta, and January 19, 2026, in Miami.

"On behalf of the Management Committee and the Board of Managers, this is thrilling," Hancock added. "It's been a long process, but we are pleased that more teams and more students will have the opportunity to compete for the national championship beginning in the 2024 season. A new era of college football is about to begin. I look forward to it." Read more.
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LSUtoBOOT18 months
I could see this eliminating any early season P5 cross conference matchups that could result in a damaging loss because the committee showed this year that big wins trump the soft OOC schedule, see Michigan.
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KAGTASTIC19 months
Can't wait for all the injuries in the early stages and fans arguing how they would have won it all if their starting "XYZ" didn't get hurt in the first+ round. That'll improve CFB no doubt.
This will need to lead to more NIL money and legit minor league status for players, as players will get upset they are putting their draft status on the line even more. Especially the moment a top 5 pic projected pics gets a bad injury.
Glad I weened myself off of my CFB addiction over the last few yrs.
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atltiger648719 months
well FCS teams have a 24-team playoff in 5 rounds. Now they do play one less regular season game, but still, the "injury" argument is a very weak one.
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GusAU18 months
You are such a drama Queen dumbass.
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Hellmet19 months
So basically take the SEC and each year remove the last place teams (A&M and Missouri), and there is your playoff.
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weremoose19 months
This sucks
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atltiger648719 months
why? I think 12 is too many (8 seems right to me) but 4 is too few. The regular season is still very important and 12 teams will capture all legit contenders. I don't have a problem argument about 12 and 13, but picking between 4 and 5 is a much more complicated and difficult task.
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