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College Football Playoff Board Announces Its Next Step

Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and LSU football celebrates winning the college football playoff national title.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Joe Burrow of the LSU Tigers raises the National Championship Trophy with Ed Orgeron, Grant Delpit #7, and Patrick Queen #8 after the College Football Playoff National Championship game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The LSU Tigers topped the Clemson Tigers, 42-25. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

It is unclear when it may happen, but the College Football Playoff continues to progress towards a major expansion to 12 teams. After the working group proposal to add eight schools to the current CFP size, things continue to move forward.

The working group presented its recommendation for a 12-team playoff to the College Football Playoff board of managers in Dallas this afternoon. Mississippi State president Mark Keenum, now the chairman of that board, addressed the situation today, and confirmed that the group is taking next steps.

Most notably, the involves getting the bowls themselves, more of which will be absorbed into the new 12-team playoff format, and broadcast partners on board. Given that this will almost definitely mean more money for all of the above, it seems like more of a formality at the end of the day than anything else.

"Having heard the presentation made today by the working group, along with the management committee that joined us for today's meeting, the board has authorized the management committee to begin a summer review phase that will engage other important voices in this matter," Keenum said. "These include many people on our campuses, such as student-athletes, athletics directors, faculty representatives, coaches, and university presidents and chancellors."

"The working group has presented us a thorough and thoughtful proposal," he continued. "There is more work to do, more listening to do and more information needed before we can make a decision. "We look forward to hearing more and learning more in time for our next meeting in September." All indications are that the College Football Playoff will be expanding to 12 teams at some point. The biggest question right now is whether they can ramp things up in time to adopt the new format earlier than expected, or if the sport will really have to wait until 2023 or later for the change. [

News from the CFP meeting in Dallas is, essentially, we’re moving forward.

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