How college football playoff expansion could impact Pac-12 planning


The college football playoff board on Tuesday agreed to the organization continuing to explore a proposal that would expand the playoffs to 12 teams.

The move was expected after the CFP management committee (the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame sporting director Jack Swarbrick) last week approved a four-man task force proposal to extend the qualifiers for its current composition to four teams of 12, moving it to the board of directors, made up of 11 chancellors and presidents of selected schools.

“After hearing the presentation made today by the working group, as well as by the management committee who joined us for today’s meeting, the board of directors authorized the management committee to start a summer review phase that will engage other important voices in this matter, ”Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, chairman of the board of directors of the CFP, said in a statement. “These are many people on our campuses, such as student-athletes, athletics directors, athletics faculty representatives, coaches, and university presidents and chancellors. Their opinions matter and we want to hear them.

And after?

The leaders of the college football playoff committee are due to meet again in September. For the moment, the management committee will therefore examine the feasibility of extending the CFP to a 12-team format.

In the 12-team proposal, six places would go to the six highest-ranked conference champions, regardless of the conference, while the other six would go to the next highest-ranked teams in the final CFP rankings.

How could the expansion of the PSC impact the Pac-12?

The impact of an enlarged college football qualifying pitch, which is widely seen as inevitable, is already being felt. Jon Wilner of Mercury News reported on Monday that leaders of the Pac-12, including the school’s athletic directors and new commissioner George Kliavkoff, have started preliminary discussions on major changes for the league from a football perspective. , including eliminating divisions and reducing the number of conference games from nine to eight.

Wilner noted that while the changes could take years, another factor in these discussions in the upcoming Pac-12 media rights negotiations.

“When you talk about expanding the CFP, it makes sense to keep discussing the conference schedule,” Scott Barnes, Oregon state athletic director, said, according to The Mercury News. “More than ever, football strategy is important. And when it comes to the timing, it’s really important.

Pac-12 seeks a different model for automatic auctions

The Pac-12, one of the Power Five conferences that also includes the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and SEC, made its own suggestion to modify the current proposal. Following last week’s meetings, the Pac-12 issued a statement asking the committee to consider making an automatic offer to the conference champions of each Power Five (or Autonomous Five) conference.

“The Pac-12 supports the expansion of the CFP and believes that the five free-standing champions should qualify for the CFP each year,” outgoing Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a league statement.

This met with disagreement from one of the commissioners of the Group of Five conference, which includes the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt.

“I didn’t feel any other pull for it,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco told ESPN. “It would be a huge step in the wrong direction from the task force proposal as far as I’m concerned. The six best lectures, without favor, are based on merit. It’s just. It does not reward privilege for privilege.

In the CFP’s seven-year history, two Pac-12 teams – Oregon in 2014 and Washington in 2016 – have advanced to the playoffs.

The proposal to include six conference champions, whether from the Power Five leagues or the Group of Five, is seen as a major victory for the Group of Five conferences. So far, a Group of Five team has never made it to the playoffs. In that proposal, two teams from the Group of Five conferences – No.8 from Cincinnati (of the AAC) and No.12 from Coastal Carolina (from the Sun Belt) – would have advanced to the playoffs against the Pac champion. -12, Oregon (No. 25) if the 12-team model was in effect last season.


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