Fans have been asking for the College Football Playoff to be expanded for a while now. Those efforts paid off. The sport's exclusive postseason will feature 12 teams starting in 2026, or possibly sooner.
However, ESPN's Rece Davis thinks expanding the playoff will diminish the importance of the regular season. It's unclear why he thinks that, but it's something to think about.
College football is great because of those random Thursday night games between West Virginia and Baylor or Pac-12 after dark chaos between Washington State and Oregon State on Saturdays. But with 12 playoff teams in the mix starting in 2026, the postseason could become the primary focus.
"I do think it comes at a cost, expanding the playoff, and I’m not going to be quiet about that," Davis told Paul Finebaum on Tuesday.
It's plausible, but it's not like that's already happened with a four-team College Football Playoff. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson are the four most-talked about teams in the national media. Why? Because each looks like a playoff team.
With the field expanded to 12 teams, more conferences and teams will be in the mix. It'll go from four to 12 talked-about teams. That's a big boost for the sport.