Rose Bowl signs deal that allows early CFP expansion to 12 teams (1:18)

The Rose Bowl amended its contract in order to expand the College Football Playoff. There is a time and a place for it.

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Finally, it's time.

The process that began with a news release on June 10, 2021, came to a conclusion this week when the College Football Playoff announced it will expand the sport's playoffs to 12 teams in time for the next two seasons.

A new set of challenges began this fall when the 11 presidents and chancellors who make up the board of managers decided to expand the field to 12 teams. The presidents urged the Notre Dame athletic director to find a way to do it in time for the 2024 season.

It all depended on the Rose Bowl, the most storied and traditional bowl, relinquishing its request that the CFP guarantee the bowl its traditional New Year's Day time slot. The next contract will begin in the year 2026.

The final minutes of the fourth quarter were a secret. There was no extra time. If we hadn't reached an agreement, we would've continued the playoffs for the next two seasons. I don't have a question in my head. We are celebrating the fact that we reached an agreement. I feel like every coach that says they will celebrate this for 24 hours and start next week, I will do the same. This is what will happen here. There are a lot of details to put together, but I'm happy we have the chance to do that.

They came to an agreement with the Rose Bowl. The new deal benefits some people. What will come next?

They break it all down.

What is the Rose Bowl's role in all of this?

All parties had to agree to expand before the current contract expired. The party ended at the Rose Bowl. One of the most profitable television windows in college sports was the focus of the discussion. The Rose Bowl broadcasts exclusively at 2 p.m. on New Year's Day. It would host a semifinal in the future.

The Rose Bowl was willing to give up its relationship with the Big Ten and the Pac-12 in exchange for assurances about its time slot in the new contract

According to Laura Farber, chair of the Rose Bowl management committee, the committee never intended to prevent early expansion.

We initially requested an exclusive window around the Rose Bowl Game's historic time slot. She said it would be on New Year's Day. The Tournament of Roses will continue to work with the Board of Managers of theCFP to figure out how we will fit into the rotation. We intend to keep the Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day.

TheCFP did not want to make any promises.

There are no assurances for the future. There is nothing locked in. When that time comes, we will address all the bowls the same way.

The Rose Bowl will host the quarterfinals in both of the next two years. They will "address all the bowls on the same basis" after the next contract starts in 2026.

It would be in everyone's best interest for the Rose Bowl to kick off at 2 p.m., that's according to me. He said that he was going to take a break.

How does this impact the regular-season schedule?

There is no plan to move the season or start at Week 0 in the current contract, but discussions about it will continue. The issue of the sport's calendar is something that would be discussed at the level of the Commissioners.

He said that nobody is very far down the road on that.

There will be no significant changes to the regular season, other than more meaningful games in November, according to the man.

He said that the regular season is more important. College football is very healthy. Look at how many people watch it. There are a lot of people in the stands The 12-team tournament will add to that.

It's possible that athletic directors are more willing to take risks in the non-conference schedule because of the guaranteed spot in the field. There will be less pressure to finish with a perfect record.

What is the format?

We'll have two more playoffs under the current format this year and next year, because the new format will begin in the year 2024.

The next six highest-ranked teams will be included in the field. The top four seeds will get a bye in the first round. The higher seeds will host the lower seeds in the first round, with the other eight teams playing at another location.

The first round of the playoffs will be held late in the week of December 21st. Later, the dates will be announced.

The semifinals and quarterfinals will be played in bowls for the next two years. The semifinals will be hosted by the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl, while the quarterfinals will be hosted by the Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The Cotton, Orange, Rose and Sugar will host the quarterfinals in the year 2025.

Atlanta and Miami will host the national championship games in the future.

How a 12-team playoff would look today

Championship Week games and the final playoff rankings for this year are still to come, but based on the currentCFP rankings, an expanded playoff would look like this.

There are seeds with byES.

1. Georgia 2. Michigan 3. TCU

4. USC

Remaining seeds are still alive.

(conference champs in bold)

5. Ohio State 6. Alabama 7. Tennessee 8. Penn State

9. Clemson

10. Kansas State 11. Utah

12. Tulane

There are games in the first round.

No. 12 Tulane at No. 5 Ohio State No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Alabama No. 10 Kansas State at No. 7 Tennessee

No. 9 Clemson at No. 8 Penn State

There are games in the quarter final.

No. 9 Clemson-No. 8 Penn State winner vs. No. 1 Georgia No. 10 Kansas State-No. 7 Tennessee winner vs. No. 2 Michigan No. 11 Utah-No. 6 Alabama winner vs. No. 3 TCU

No. 12 Tulane-No. 5 Ohio State winner vs. No. 4 USC

How did they end up at 12 over 8 or 16?

The first-round byes for the top four seeds are one of the reasons why there has always been strong support for the 12 teams at the presidential and commissioner levels. There was not enough interest in the idea of a 16-team format.

The person said, "Well, why can't we think about other options?" The president of Mississippi State said in September. All of the presidents agree that the 12-team format is the right thing to do.

How does this affect future conference realignment?

Six at-large bids will serve as a lure to keep Notre Dame independent. With clear playoff access and NBC seeming motivated to keep Notre Dame, the two biggest tentpoles to Irish independence seem set for the immediate future.

This is an interesting question for the rest of college football. The SEC and Big Ten have large money gaps. The motivation will always be there for schools to join those leagues. The Pac-12 and Big 12 have been hurt by defections and the fact that there will be automatic bids for the top six conferencechampions adds a layer of certainty. The sport is helped by it. The realignment would be unrelated to the playoffs.

Who benefits most from an expanded playoff? Does it hurt anyone?

With up to seven available slots, the SEC will likely enhance its share of the field, as it has had the most appearances, wins, and titles of any conference. Although commissioner Greg Sankey repeatedly stated the league was fine with a four-team playoff, the number of CFP- capable programs in his league, plus the addition of Oklahoma and Texas, increased the need for access. The Big Ten has had six appearances in the four-team model, but has had only one in the top 12.

The College Football Playoff chase will be affected by Saturday's games. The odds for the top four. The answers can be found in the playoff Predictor. The odds are updated after each game.

The Group of 5 conferences, which produced their firstCFP participant in the four-team system last year, unanimously supported the 12-team proposal. At least one Group of 5 program will make the 12-team playoff each year, and the improved profiles of leagues such as the Sun Belt increase the chances of two Group of 5 participants in the future. Group of 5 teams have a seat at the table, even though they are likely to be road teams in the first round.

The vote means that Notre Dame will have six access points instead of four. The 12-team model was adopted after the athletic director was part of a group that presented it. He was an ardent supporter and ally to Sankey.

There are no obvious winners in an expanded playoff and the annual distribution of teams could reinforce the gap between the SEC and the Big Ten. A model guaranteeing spots for the six highest-rated conference champion creates the possibility of the conference being left out completely, which would sting in multiple ways. The Big 12's onlyCFP participant, Oklahoma, will leave for the SEC in the near future. The playoffs should triple the number of spots in the power league.

Is this the last time we see playoff expansion?

How long the next contract will be is one of the many unanswered questions. There is a four-team playoff in place for 10 years. Nothing is certain for any length of time when it comes to college athletics.

Will we always be at 12 teams? In September, he couldn't answer that. We are looking for ways to improve the playoffs. I have a football coach who thinks we should have a 64 team playoffs. There's always going to be room for improvement because he believes that.