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Look: Here's What 12-Team Playoff Would Look Like Based On Current Rankings

Michael Pratt, Tulane Green Wave Football

Week 10 brought some major upsets in college football, and the second College Football Playoff rankings of the season were shaken up quite a bit as a result.

Football fans are excited to see how the race to make the four-team field will play out over the coming weeks.

But there's also quite a few looking even further into the future, to what the playoff could look like once it expands to 12 teams.

NCAA presidents have already approved an expanded CFP field, although it has not yet been determined if the new format will be adopted for the 2024 season or in 2025. But using Tuesday's newest rankings, we can project what that postseason would look like if it were in effect this year.

It would make for some fun storylines: Alabama and USC facing off in the Rose Bowl, TCU getting a first-round bye and, wildest of all, Tulane in the field.

The 12-team College Football Playoff will feature the six highest-ranked conference champions, the top four of which will receive first-round byes. While league titles haven't yet been decided this season, the highest-ranked team in each conference is assumed to be the champion, for now.

That would give Georgia, Ohio State, TCU and Oregon byes into the quarterfinals. It would also allow Tulane, which hasn't won double-digit games in a season since 1998, to make the field.

While the quarterfinals, semifinals and national championship game would be played at bowl sites, the four first-round matchups would be hosted by the higher-seeded team. That means, in this scenario, we could have playoff games on the campuses of USC, Michigan, LSU and Tennessee.

Not all college football fans are in favor of the new postseason format, but the majority seem to be excited for a 12-team playoff.