Playoff expansion feels like an inevitability. This summer, the conferences reportedly were looking into expanding the College Football Playoff from four teams to 12 teams. The surprise addition of Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC seems to have put these talks on pause, as it caught the rest of the leagues by surprise and would serve to benefit an expanded SEC significantly.
Still, the playoff being at 12 teams at some point in the next five years is more likely than not, and it’s interesting to see how such a change might affect the sport.
Sports Illustrated predicted what a 12-team playoff would look like in 2021 after four weeks, and it includes the Gators. Florida is listed as the No. 10 seed (as an SEC at-large) and would take on No. 7 Iowa in the first round.
The Hawkeyes are off to an undefeated start and look poised to win a weak Big Ten West, but they played with their food a bit on Saturday in a 24-14 win over Colorado State. Iowa has been a fairly common bowl opponent for UF recently, and the two have faced in the Outback Bowl three times since 2004.
Unfortunately for UF, the CFP is currently limited to just four teams, and it likely can’t afford to slip up again if it wants to make its first-ever appearance.
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