Arkansas’ College Football Playoff chances just shot up in a major way

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The College Football Board of Managers voted to expand the field to 12 teams starting in 2026, per a report by ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

It’s fantastic news for the sport and should only increase interest in the postseason. Teams from non-power conferences get a better shot at the so-called big boys and teams who finish high in their power conferences will get a shot at redemption, too.

Thamel and Heather Dinich reported the change could actually take place before 2026 as the board pushes league commissioners to make it happen by 2024.

If it were this season, a team like Arkansas could be in the mix. The Razorbacks were picked third in the SEC West at the league’s media days and several have picked the Hogs for a 10-win season. Given the difficulty of the league, that would likely make for an interesting conversation when playoff time came.

Since the CFP inception in 2014, it’s been fraught with just about as much controversy as the system it replaced, the BCS. The push to expand started almost immediately.

Certainly the new system will be controversial, as well. The NCAA Tournament in basketball always has bubble teams left off, so there’s no reason to think college football will be any different.

For now, though, most of college football – save maybe the elite of elite – are thrilled with the new direction.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire