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What if the College Football Playoff Had a 12-Team Format Since 2014

How the CFB Playoff would've looked with a 12-team format in recent years
What if the College Football Playoff Had a 12-Team Format Since 2014

Change is on the way for the College Football Playoff. On Thursday, a working group from the CFB Playoff proposed a 12-team format to replace the current four-team iteration in the near future. Some of the specifics are still to be determined, but the new format will feature six guaranteed positions to conference champions and six at-large spots. Also, first-round games will be held on campus sites, with the second round and semifinals shifting to bowls. The national championship will remain at a neutral site.

 

Why the CFB Playoff is Expanding and Everything to Know About the 12-Team Format

Here are the details and what's driving expansion in college football
Why the CFB Playoff is Expanding and Everything to Know About the 12-Team Format

College football’s postseason format is officially on the path to change, as the four-team championship will become a 12-team CFB Playoff in the near future. On Thursday, a working group of the CFB Playoff’s management committee recommended the postseason shift to a 12-team format after studying the issue for the last two years. The four-team version is still in place for 2021 and ’22, so the earliest the new format could begin is after the ’23 season.

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2021

Ranking the top 25 college football teams for 2021
College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2021

The 2021 college football season is scheduled to officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 28, but it's never too early to start thinking about top 25 rankings and projecting what might transpire this fall. Each FBS season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, that’s not the case at the top, as the list of favorites for this year starts with familiar contenders: Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia.

 

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

Athlon grades and ranks all 17 college football hires for 2021
Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2021

College football’s 2020-21 coaching carousel featured 17 changes, including moves at Texas, Kansas, Auburn, UCF, South Carolina and Illinois. With the carousel completed and all 17 jobs filled, it's time to rank and grade the new hires and see how they fit with their new programs. At the top, it's a close call between the hires of Steve Sarkisian (Texas), Clark Lea (Vanderbilt), Lance Leipold (Kansas), Bryan Harsin (Auburn) and Gus Malzahn (UCF) for the top spot.

2022 NFL Draft: Top Quarterback Prospects

Examining the top prospects at quarterback for the 2022 NFL Draft
2022 NFL Draft: Top Quarterback Prospects

The 2022 NFL Draft is slated to take place from April 28-30 in Las Vegas. While the 2021 college football season has yet to unfold, it's never too early to take a look at which quarterbacks could top the rankings or the wish list for teams next spring. The pool of top prospects at quarterback is headlined by North Carolina's Sam Howell, Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler, and USC's Kedon Slovis. The next tier is led by Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder, Georgia's JT Daniels, Arizona State's Jayden Daniels, and Liberty's Malik Willis.

 

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2021 NFL Draft

Several big-time college football stars did not get drafted
College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2021 NFL Draft

With the 2021 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-day event.

 

35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

These seniors are opting for an extra year of eligibility in 2021
35 Key College Football Super Seniors Returning in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, college football’s 2020 season was unusual in many ways. Conferences starting play at different times, canceled games, bowl matchups shifted to different locations, and more uncertainty as to who on the roster was available on a week-to-week basis were just a few ways the ’20 season was unique. However, in addition to all of those factors, last year was a free year of eligibility for every FBS player.

College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2021

Projecting some of CFB's next stars at quarterback in 2021
College Football's Top 20 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2021

The countdown to the 2021 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. As always, one of the biggest storylines of any offseason rests with the quarterback position. This spot is always under the microscope and could be the difference between winning a conference title or national championship or finishing with a disappointing record.

When Does College Football Start in 2021?

The 2021 season officially kicks off in August with an early Week 0 matchup
When Does College Football Start in 2021?

College football’s 2021 season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a handful of matchups in Week 0. The schedule for that opening weekend could be tweaked, but Hawaii at UCLA and Nebraska at Illinois are the early highlights from the Week 0 games in 2021. The first full weekend of games for next season doesn’t lack for interesting matchups.

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

Examining where teams rank in terms of talent heading into the season
Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2021

Ranking the college football rosters for the 2021 season provides a unique window into the talent level for all teams and how that compares to win totals, conference championships, and success on a national level. Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren't 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts.

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