Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



Reports: College Football Playoff To Expand To 12 Teams Beginning In 2026

The time has finally come, folks.

According to multiple reports, the College Football Playoff Board of Managers voted unanimously to expand the Playoff to 12 teams. ESPN’s Pete Thamel is reporting that the 12-team model is expected to start in 2026.

Additionally, Thamel noted the new format “could go earlier” after further discussions.

The Athletic‘s Nicole Auerbach noted that the 12-team Playoff will be made up of the six highest-ranked conference champions and then six at-large teams.

The current four-team Playoff system has been in place since the BCS was dissolved in 2014. Since the format’s inception, Penn State has failed to clinch a College Football Playoff appearance, with its closest shot coming in 2016 when it won the Big Ten championship.

Penn State has long been in favor of an expanded Playoff format. At the Outback Bowl this past December, former Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour voiced her and the program’s support for expansion.

“I’m definitely in favor of expansion. Penn State is, James [Franklin] is,” Barbour said. “I think the number depends on some particulars around it…I think player health and safety needs to be at the forefront.”

Former President Eric Barron previously served on the College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers and met with his colleagues to discuss expanding the Playoff in the past, but nothing ever came to fruition during those meetings.

Now, it appears Penn State’s chances of finally clinching a College Football Playoff berth over the next five to 10 years have gone up significantly.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is suddenly Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail and death threats to [email protected]

Follow on Another Platform
State College Links
Other posts by Gabe

Penn State-Northwestern History By The Numbers

Penn State boasts a 14-5 over the Wildcats and have outscored them 571-352 in the all-time series.

Penn State-Northwestern To Air On ESPN

Gameday Observations: Central Michigan

No. 11 Penn State Survives, Downs Northwestern 17-7

The Nittany Lions grinded through some ugly weather to advance to 5-0 on the season.

No. 11 Penn State Survives, Downs Northwestern 17-7

The Nittany Lions grinded through some ugly weather to advance to 5-0 on the season.

Gameday Coverage: No. 11 Penn State vs. Northwestern

Get ready for some ugly weather in Happy Valley.

Staff Predictions: No. 11 Penn State vs. Northwestern

Our staffers believe Penn State will remain undefeated in conference play after Saturday’s contest.

Send this to a friend