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The College Football Playoff Board of Managers has adopted the 5 + 7 model for the upcoming 12-team playoff next season, replacing the 6 + 6 format that was originally proposed.

The 12-team playoff will now include the five highest-ranked conference champions plus the next seven highest-ranked teams in the CFP rankings.

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Jabontik2 months
FSU says a year too late
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BabyTac2 months
If you’re not the best team in your conference, you’re not the best team in the country. Watered down champion and regular season.
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atltiger64872 months
just because you don't win your conference doesn't mean you're not one of the best teams in the country. Individual games are all unique, and the best team in the nation may lose one along the way, which could kick them out of their conference championship. But that shouldn't derail their entire season.
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HarryBalzack2 months
It will sure derail their trip through the playoffs though.
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cbree882 months
Alabama rejoices at this news. This is one more spot for them to lobby their way into every year by playing politics.
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atltiger64872 months
and the Bama obsession continues.....
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SG_Geaux2 months
Just take the top 12 teams. Period. Full stop.
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RazzleDazzle2 months
Totally agree. Take the top 12 and call it a day.
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atltiger64872 months
no. Reward conference champions. Makes all those conf championship games far more meaningful.
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Furious2 months
So, #25 ranked 3 loss Tulane could get into the playoffs providing they win their conference and they are the highest non power 4 champ. This is some DEI bullshite
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DoubleDown2 months
Can someone PLEASE explain to me a 3 way tie in any conference now without divisions?
Example:
LSU beats UGA
Bama beats LSU
UGA beats Bama

It may not happen every year but it is inevitable. Only 2 can go to SEC Championship game. Who gets left out assuming record is equal?
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Tiger2tiga2 months
Most likely they will have some sort of tie breakers. 2 highest ranked, 2 with best overall record. Etc
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jbird72 months
Whoever will bring in most $ will win the tie breaker.
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sabbertooth2 months
The highest Ranked team will get in.
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POTUS20242 months
4 has always been the right number. These people are idiots.
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atltiger64872 months
not even close. 4 is too few. I think 8 would've been ideal, but I can live with 12. I just don't want to see it go to 16 or higher... but it will, of course.
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Dingeaux2 months
Since the pac-12 is no more, the fifth conference can be any conference? What if that conference champ is ranked 13 or lower? Not sure if that will happen, just throwing out a possibility
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Cwils22222 months
It’s pretty clear how this would be handled.
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emanresu2 months
It says top five ranked conference champions, it does not say top five ranked power 5 conference champions. The top five ranked conference champions from any conference are included in the top five, then the remaining highest ranked 7 teams after that. So the G5 does not get an automatic bid, they have to fit into one of those two categories.
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Rabbs and QStick2 months
The G5 kind of does get autobid though. The Pac 12 no longer exists and are only 4 Power Conferences.
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FATBOY TIGER2 months
SEC, ACC, BI2, B10 AND ? Surely they won't allow the winner between Wash state and Ore state to get in from the Pac 2.
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CanebreakCajun2 months
Ivy League
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jbird72 months
Just be up front with everyone and say you’re gonna put in the teams who will bring in the most ratings. This sport continues to make the hole it’s in deeper and deeper.
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Saunson692 months
This is good for LSU. SEC is so hard to win and will almost always be either 1st or 2nd in terms of highest ranked conference champ. This means that there's 1 more team added to the mix. We've been finishing around #12 for 2 years now, so this is good
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Saunson692 months
1 more non-conference champ
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sms151t2 months
This is a step in the right direction, but it is not good enough. It needs to be 24 teams, all conference Champions, as the conference decides before the season how they are represented. then add the at-larges. If teams such as Notre Dame or the independents are viewed as a top team they have a way in. Also, make it so no rematches can happen until the semi's.

Another possible way is to have both teams from the CCG be auto included, if a conference does not have a CCG then just the winner of the conference. So that is 20 teams, as 10 conferences have CCG, then the last 4 teams are at larges. It rewards you for winning your division.

The ONLY time the committee needs to be seen or heard from is on Selection Day. You can play the first round at home, then use the New Years 6 and 2 major bowls for the rounds after.
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ksdolfan2 months
If you allow the "group of 5" to have an automatic bid then what will stop teams like Miss. St. or Kentucky,etc. from joining Conference USA or the SunBelt and then dominating?
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Hoops2 months
Needing to actually win their games
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TigerDeacon2 months
What will stop them? $$$
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CSATiger2 months
just use the old BCS formula and go with the top 12
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jbird72 months
Agreed. Only way to keep the biased human element out of it.
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LSU_Legz2 months
2/3 of the BCS was biased humans...
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atltiger64872 months
good lord. The BCS formula was heavily slanted toward the silly human polls. No thanks. I'll take a committee, that at least pretends to be serious about looking at data and metrics to do their rankings. The voter polls are nonsense.
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