Clay: Idea Of Expanding CFP Is ‘Growing On Me A Little Bit’

Some recent talk suggests the NCAA is contemplating expanding the College Football Playoff from four to 12 teams. That’s not a bad idea, says OutKick founder Clay Travis.

“My biggest takeaway, if they’re going to 12, is it’s an interesting move because it preserves the value of the top four seeds in a major way, right?” Clay says. “In theory, the top four seeds could get a bye, and then the other eight teams would play against each other, and then whoever won those four games would advance into an eight-team playoff.”

It’s very similar to the way the NFL used to do it, before expanding to seven playoff teams in each conference. “This is growing on me a little bit,” Clay says.

For his full take on the possibility of expanding the CFP, check out the clip below.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Have 8 Teams: 5 Major conference Champions, The highest ranked Small conference Champion and 2 at large teams. Taking most of the power away from the idiotic selection committee and emphasis on winning your conference should be the goal.

  2. No more playoffs. Bring back the BCS. Eliminate automatic bids from the Big 5 Conferences and have at-large rankings 1-8. Then have 1 v 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6, and 7 v 8 and end the politics and rule bending.

  3. I like the idea of a 12-team playoff with the top 4 seeds getting a bye. Conference champs of the 5 major conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC 12), highest-ranked Group of 5 team, and then 6 at-large teams.

  4. In order to keep the house together they need to include all of the conferences involved. If the Pac 12 ever had any true leadership they would pull out of this crap, take the Big 10, best of the Big 12, best of the Mountain West, and the best of the independents forming 2 20 team conferences with 10 team divisions, and run a very clear and clean playoff system with no subjective committee making dubious decisions. Oh, and just to screw the SEC, openly pay the players, because the NCAA rules are irrelevant. Oh and amazingly you’d have the basis for a pretty solid men’s basketball tournament. And the members schools would split ALL the money.

  5. I am all for expansion. The only arguments against expansion are lame. The coaches don’t care about players missing classes they care about winning. The players work out 365 regardless. The reason the Power 5 don’t want to expand is all about money and nothing more. The regular season won’t be diluted like college basketball because even with a 16 team field the teams still need to win most of their games and very likely their conferences to get in to the playoffs.

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