Momentum rapidly growing for College Football Playoff expansion to eight or more teams

By: | June 9, 2021

College Football Playoff expansion discussions are moving faster than anyone initially thought. Doubling the CFP field to eight teams is all but assumed at this point, but expansion may not stop there, multiple industry sources tell CBS Sports.

“Expansion is coming, and it may be as soon as this summer. It might even be more than [eight teams],” an FBS athletic director, who recently spoke with their league’s commissioner, told CBS Sports.

Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that a 12-team model is favored by multiple parties. CFP executive director Bill Hancock’s bold assertion the bracket could expand to as many as 16 teams — found in the 17th paragraph of an otherwise sleepy April press release — ignited increased speculation.

“The SEC is going to push 12 because of their brand. I’m hearing 12,” a Group of Five AD told CBS Sports.

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