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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.

Big Ten Football 2021 Predictions

Complete Big Ten preview for the 2021 season
Big Ten Football 2021 Predictions

The road to the 2021 Big Ten Championship travels through Columbus once again, as Ohio State is Athlon’s pick to claim the league title. The Buckeyes are a heavy favorite in the Big Ten predictions for 2021 and another undefeated regular season should be within reach. Penn State and Indiana rank inside of the projected top 25 for 2021 out of the East Division, with Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers and Michigan State rounding out the predicted order of finish.

 

Big Ten Football: Over/Under Predictions on DraftKings Win Totals for 2021 Season

Examining early betting over/unders for the Big Ten in 2021
Big Ten Football: Over/Under Predictions on DraftKings Win Totals for 2021 Season

College football’s 2021 season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to start placing wagers and bets on the DraftKings over/under totals for the Big Ten. It's Ohio State's conference to lose once again in '21, but a solid second tier of teams is in place with Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State all projected as top 25 teams.

 

Indiana Football: 2021 Hoosiers Season Preview and Prediction

The Hoosiers rank No. 21 in Athlon's Top 25 for 2021
Indiana Football: 2021 Hoosiers Season Preview and Prediction

After going 6–2 and defeating Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State in the same season for the first time in program history, Indiana still won’t have to search for skeptics. The Hoosiers will be required to deliver proof with a schedule that opens at Iowa and features a visit by Cincinnati before IU enters the Big Ten East grind.

 

Big Ten Football 2021 All-Conference Team

Athlon honors the best in the Big Ten for 2021
Big Ten Football 2021 All-Conference Team

The 2021 All-Big Ten team is led by 13 selections from Ohio State, while Wisconsin (11), Indiana (11), Penn State (10) and Indiana (10) also hit double-digit picks. Michigan has seven selections on the Big Ten All-Conference Team for '21, while Nebraska checks in with six. 

 

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.

 

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