College Football Playoff expanding to 12 teams in 2026

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The College Football Playoff will expand to 12 teams starting in 2026, per multiple reports.

The new format will grant a playoff spot to each of the top six highest-ranked conference champions, as well as six additional at-large teams.

After years of watching Group of 5 teams frozen out of the playoff until Cincinnati broke through last year, this new setup should make it easier for highly-ranked teams from outside of the Power 5 to get their shot at a national title.

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