College Football Playoff Rankings Expansion Top 12: What Would It Be This Year?

How awesome would it be if the expanded College Football Playoff was this year?

The Rose Bowl decided to be part of the fun, and now it’s all systems go in the 2024 season – but we needed it now.

Don’t you want to see Alabama get a shot? Is it right that we have a TCU team in the playoff even though it couldn’t win its own conference championship? Is it okay that we have an Ohio State team that couldn’t win its own division?

After the final College Football Playoff rankings an expanded playoff would look like this, remembering that 1) the top four seeds that get a bye are conference champions, 2) six conference champs in, six top ranked teams in, everyone else, enjoy the bowls.

College Football Playoff Rankings Expansion Top 12 … if it was this season

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Top four seeds after the final College Football Playoff rankings (top four conference champions)

1. Georgia (SEC): Sugar Bowl
2. Michigan (Big Ten): Rose Bowl
3. Clemson (ACC): Orange Bowl
4. Utah (Pac-12): Cotton Bowl

At-Large Seeds

12. Tulane (AAC champion) at
5. TCU (Big 12)

11. Penn State (Big Ten) at
6. Ohio State (Big Ten)

10. USC (Pac-12) at
7. Alabama (SEC)

9. Kansas State (Big 12) at
8. Tennessee (SEC)

First 4 Out: Washington (Pac-12), Florida State (ACC), Oregon State (Pac-12), Oregon (Pac-12)

Second Round Bracket Projection

1. Georgia (SEC): Sugar Bowl vs
9. Kansas State (Big 12)

2. Michigan (Big Ten): Rose Bowl vs
7. Alabama (SEC)

3. Clemson (ACC): Orange Bowl vs
6. Ohio State (Big Ten)

4. Utah (Pac-12): Cotton Bowl
5. TCU (Big 12)

Top Four Teams That Would Be Left Out
Washington (Pac-12), Florida State (ACC), LSU (SEC), Oregon State (Pac 12)

Here’s how it’s going to work (this is from the College Football Playoff):

1. The 12 teams will be the six conference champions ranked highest by the selection committee (no minimum ranking requirement), plus the six highest-ranked teams not included among the six highest-ranked conference champions.

2. The ranking of the teams will continue to be done by a selection committee whose size, composition, and method of selection will remain substantially unchanged.

3. The four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four and each will receive a first-round bye.

4. The other eight teams will play in the first round with the higher seeds hosting the lower seeds either on campus or at other sites designated by the higher-seeded institution (No. 12 at No. 5, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7 and No. 9 at No. 8.

5. The model allows for first-round games to be played on either the second or third weekend in December in a way that best accommodates the format and the participating teams, with at least 12 days between the conference championship games and the first-round games. The Management Committee would make the final determination of the calendar.

6. Subject to reaching agreement with bowls, the four quarterfinal games and two Playoff Semifinal games would be played in bowls on a rotating basis.

7. The national championship game will continue to be played at a neutral site.

8. Subject to reaching agreement with bowls, the four highest-ranked conference champions will be assigned to quarterfinals bowls on selection day in ranking order, and in consideration of current contract bowl relationships if those bowls are selected for the rotation. For example, if the Pac-12 champion were ranked #1, the Big Ten champion were ranked #3, and the Rose Bowl were a quarterfinal site, the Pac-12 champion would be assigned to the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten champion would be assigned elsewhere.

9. With the four highest-ranked champions assigned to quarterfinal games in bowls, the opponent from first-round game winners will be assigned by the selection committee based on the bracket.

10. The higher seeds would receive preferential placement in the Playoff Semifinal games.

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