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College Football Playoff Expansion Coming In 2024

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Playoff expansion was already inevitable but now we have a date to tie to it. The College Football Playoff will expand from four to 12 teams for the 2024 season.

The expansion timeline was cemented Wednesday night when the playoff reached an agreement with the Rose Bowl— the final New Years Six bowl holding out from agreeing to the new playoff system and what it means for traditional bowl games.

In the expanded playoffs, the top four seeds get a bye and the four first round matchups will be played at the home stadium of the higher seed. The four quarterfinal games and the two semifinals games will be played at the six New Years Six bowls — Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

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The winners of the five power conferences will receive automatic bids and the top four seeds must be conference champions. The highest ranked non power five team has a guaranteed spot in the 12-team playoff as well.

Tennessee hasn’t once made the four-team playoff but this season’s team would make an expanded field. As of the current rankings, No. 7 Tennessee would host No. 10 Kansas State at Neyland Stadium for a first round matchup with the winner playing No. 2 Michigan in one of the previously mentioned bowl games.

2024 will mark a year of major change in the college football landscape. The SEC’s contract with CBS ends the year before meaning 2024 will be the first year without the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. The Big 10’s expansion takes place in 2024 and while the SEC is on track for 2025 expansion it could come a year sooner.

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