College Football Playoff: What would the 12-team expanded field look like this week?

Although not formally finalized, the expanded 12-team College Football Playoff is predicted to debut with the 2024 season. Each week for the remainder of the season, The Athletic will take a look at drive the proposed format utilizing the CFP committee’s newest Top 25 rankings.

Here’s how the bracket would be seeded and the web site areas decided utilizing the committee’s Nov. 22 rankings and a 2024-25 calendar. Note: The Orange and Cotton Bowls have been beforehand scheduled to host the 2024-25 semifinals and Atlanta was chosen as the nationwide championship recreation.

Top 4 seeds (first-round byes):

1. Georgia (SEC champion)
2. Ohio State (Big Ten champion)
3. TCU (Big 12 champion)
4. USC (Pac-12 champion)

Under the CFP board’s authorized mannequin, the prime 4 seeds will likely be reserved for the 4 highest-ranked convention champions. For our functions, we’re designating every convention’s top-ranked group as its champion. That means no. 1 Georgia (SEC), No. 2 Ohio State (Big Ten), No. 4 TCU (Big 12) and No. 6 USC (Pac-12) would get a bye into the quarterfinals.

Nos. 5-12 seeds:

5. Michigan (at giant)
6. LSU (at giant)
7. Alabama (at giant)
8. Clemson (ACC champion)
9. Oregon (at giant)
10. Tennessee (at giant)
11. Penn State (at giant)
12. Tulane (AAC champion)

Under the similar mannequin, the six highest-ranked convention champions are assured berths together with the six highest-ranked at-large groups. Were the season to finish immediately, the fifth- and sixth-highest-ranked convention champions would be No. 8 Clemson (ACC) and no. 19 Tulane (AAC).

Joining them in the field would be the six highest-ranked remaining groups: No. 3 Michigan, no. 5 LSU, No. 7 Alabama, no. 9 Oregon, no. 10 Tennessee and no. 11 Penn State.

The CFP schedule

All occasions Eastern.

First spherical

Friday, Dec. 13

  • No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 at Clemson, 7:30 p.m

Saturday, Dec. 14

  • No. 12 Tulane at No. 5 Michigan, midday
  • No. 11 Penn State at No. 6 at LSU, 4 p.m
  • No. 10 Tennessee at no. 7 Alabama, 8 p.m

The 4 first-round video games will likely be performed on the campuses of the No. 5-8 seeds over the third weekend in December. Which video games get positioned by which slots would doubtless be decided by ESPN, with Tennessee-Alabama as the apparent Saturday prime-time choice.


Tuesday, Dec. 31

  • Peach Bowl: No. 3 TCU vs. LSU-Penn State winner, 7:30 p.m

Wednesday, Jan 1

  • Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 USC vs. Michigan-Tulane winner, 1 p.m
  • Rose Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State vs. Alabama-Tennessee winner, 5 p.m
  • Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Georgia vs. Clemson-Oregon winner, 8:45 p.m

It is predicted that the present New Year’s Six bowls will rotate internet hosting the quarterfinals and semifinals, with a objective of taking part in most quarterfinals on New Year’s Day. And the CFP board stated in its announcement the prime 4 seeds will likely be assigned “in consideration of present contract bowl relations.”

Using these parameters, No. 1 Georgia would go to the SEC’s contract bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Ohio State to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champion. The Peach and Fiesta bowls would not have convention companions, however No. 3 TCU would doubtless get choice over No. 4 USC, and Atlanta is nearer. That conveniently permits the Trojans to remain west.


Thursday, Jan. 9

  • Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State/No. 7 Alabama/No. 10 Tennessee vs. No. 3 TCU/No. 6 LSU/No. 11 Penn State, 7:30 p.m

Friday, Jan. 10

  • Orange Bowl: No. 1 Georgia/No. 8 Clemson/No. 9 Oregon vs. No. 4 USC/No. 5 Michigan/No. 12 at Tulane, 7:30 p.m

The commissioners haven’t formally decided the dates of the semifinals, however they would should be at the least every week later than the quarterfinals, and the CFP would keep away from scheduling them reverse the NFL’s Wild Card weekend (Jan. 11-13). That doubtless means putting one Thursday evening and the different Friday evening.

In the CFP board’s announcement, it stated “the increased seeds would obtain preferential placement in the Playoff semifinal video games.” That would rely upon which groups win their quarterfinals, but when No. 1 Georgia superior, Miami is nearer than Arlington.

Monday, Jan. 20

  • National championship recreation in Atlanta, 7:30 pm

The title recreation is predicted to stay Monday evening, as the NFL’s Divisional Round has a maintain on potential weekend dates. The CFP had already chosen Atlanta as its web site for the 2025 nationwide championship recreation, and it’s anticipated to stay so though the recreation will now doubtless be performed two weeks later than deliberate.

And here is how we predict the match would unfold in the quarterfinals and past:

  • No. 9 Oregon beats No. 8 Clemson
  • No. 5 Michigan beats No. 12 Tulane
  • No. 6 LSU beats no. 11 Penn State
  • No. 7 Alabama beats No. 10 Tennessee
  • No. 1 Georgia beats No. 9 Oregon
  • No. 5 Michigan beats No. 4 U.S.C
  • No. 6 LSU beats no. 3 TCU
  • No. 7 Alabama beats No. 2 Ohio State
  • No. 1 Georgia beats No. 5 Michigan
  • No. 7 Alabama beats No. 6 LSU
  • No. 1 Georgia beats No. 7 Alabama

Check out final week’s projection right here.

(Illustration: Sean Reilly / The Athletic; (images: Tom Pennington, Jeff Moreland, G Fiume/Getty Images)


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