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Here’s what a 12-team College Football Playoff would look like this season

Here are the teams and matchups if the playoff was expanded to 12 teams this season.

2023 Big 12 Championship - Oklahoma State v Texas
Tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after a first down against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half of the Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 2, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.
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The College Football Playoff for the 2023-24 college football season is officially set with Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama playing for the national title. The playoff is set to expand to 12 teams as soon as next season but here’s what it would look like if it were implemented this season, according to Max Olson of The Athletic.

There would be no controversy with the undefeated Florida State Seminoles, as they’d be hosting a playoff game against Liberty. The Flames would represent the Group of 5. The SEC would still be heavily represented with Missouri, Georgia and Ole Miss joining Alabama, while Ohio State and Penn State would come in to bolster the Big Ten. Oregon would be in despite two losses to Washington, and would actually host Mizzou based on this bracket.

Even with 12 teams, we see the problem area simply shifting from the top four teams to the bottom of the final field. Penn State and Ole Miss in particular are concerning additions, as they didn’t really grab a signature win all season. Are the Nittany Lions and Rebels really better than SMU, who won the AAC title? Are they better than Oklahoma, who was in the running for the Big 12 title? That’s where the discussion will shift to, but it’s hard to argue with this field as being more complete and representative of the sport.