How a 12-team college football qualifier would have worked in 2020
What would a 12-team college football playoff look like?
Yahoo Sports reported on Tuesday that there is increased momentum towards the possibility of a CFP of 12 teams in the future. This will heat up discussions about expanding in the sport, but it’s important to see how that might change based on past results.
Take the 2020 season, for example. This isn’t a perfect sample given the impact of COVID-19 on the season, but you can see the allure (and perhaps the potential failure) of a 12-team setup by looking at this installment. .
Which teams would have made 12 CFP teams in 2020?
Here’s a look at the 12 teams that would have made it to the college football qualifiers in 2020 based mostly on the CFP final classification:
|1. Alabama * (11-0)|
|2. Clemson * (10-1)|
|3. Ohio State * (6-0)|
|4. Notre Dame (10-1)|
|5. Texas A&M (8-1)|
|6. Oklahoma * (8-2)|
|7. Florida (8-3)|
|8. Cincinnati (9-0)|
|9. Georgia (7-2)|
|10. State of Iowa (8-3)|
|11. Indiana (6-1)|
|12. Oregon * (4-2)|
Notice we said “mostly on the playoff standings.” Assuming the 12-team format would give the Power-5 champions automatic berths, then Oregon, which finished No.25 in the CFP final standings, would crush Coastal Carolina, who finished No.12 last season after an 11-0 season. , this model also has flaws.
What are first round clashes in the 12-team CFP?
The first round would have given exemptions to Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame, who lost the ACC championship game to Clemson. It is likely that Oklahoma and Oregon, the other Power 5 champions, would have had higher seeds. Sticking to the script, however, here is the playoff schedule.
First round matches in 2020
- No.8 Cincinnati vs. No.9 Georgia
- The winner plays Alabama number 1
- No.5 Texas A&M vs. No.12 Oregon
- The winner plays the n ° 4 Notre Dame
- Florida # 7 vs. Iowa State # 10
- The winner plays No.2 Clemson
- No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Indiana
- Winner plays Ohio State number 3
This format would challenge conference championship games as it still allows Florida, Iowa State and Notre Dame based on last year’s results.
On the flip side, a Georgia-Cincinnati first-round game would have been even better than last year’s Peach Bowl game, knowing that the Bulldogs who retired from that game could have played.
What would the quarter-finals look like?
Let’s say the chalk held. Here are the quarter-final matches:
- No.1 Alabama vs. No.8 Cincinnati
- No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 5 Texas A&M
- No.2 Clemson vs. No.7 Florida
- No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Oklahoma
Eight-team playoff fans would say, “Just start there instead.”
Even though the Pac-12 champion is ruled out, these are the teams that were talked about the most during last year’s playoff talks. Maybe the top four teams will pass. Maybe they don’t.
Problem is, eight teams still don’t include all five power conferences. This is perhaps the reason why the 12-team model is gaining the most traction among expansion plans.