Early College Football Playoff Games Might Move To Weeknights

It sounds like the College Football Playoff might move early games to weeknights when the field expands to 12 teams.

The CFP will expand to 12 teams no later than 2026, and it’s a move fans have waited years to see. While all the details aren’t ironed out, the CFP is clearly moving in the right direction.

Now, it sounds like first round games might be played on weeknights.

CFP games might move to weeknights. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

“I would be very surprised if all four games in the first round would be on a Saturday. You’d like to have each game in its own window,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock explained.

Currently, the semi-finals are played Saturday and the title game is on Monday night. Once the field moves to 12 teams in a few years, it sounds like at least a few games will be played on weeknights.

Friday night is the obvious weeknight game if you need to play CFP games on weeknights.

College Football Playoff games on Friday nights isn’t a bad idea.

The CFP and the networks broadcasting it want as many eyeballs as possible watching. Putting two first round games on Friday and two first round games on Saturday is perfect.

The first window can start at 3:30 EST and the second can start at 7:30 EST. That way every game gets as much attention as possible.

If you try to squeeze all four first round games into Saturday, people will be forced to choose. That’s not what anyone wants.

What is the expanded 12-team College Football Playoff schedule? (Photo by Marvin Gentry/Getty Images )

The good news is we still have some time to figure out all the details, but at least we’re progressing. The four-team format is a relic and needs to be left in the past.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.

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  1. PU-LEEEZE don’t let some dimwit complain “That will take these kids out of the classroom and impair their education …” … As if that matters to anyone any more… or has for the past 20+ years.
    I read a Facebook discussion this AM among a group of fans complaining about Too Many Commercials during college FB telecasts …. oblivious to how billion $$$$ conference TV deals are justified. … Aaaarrrgghhh!

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