The college football playoffs are expected to expand to 12 teams in the near future, with the top 6 ranked conference champions being joined by 6 overall teams. What is under discussion is when it will take place: it is scheduled for the 2026 season at the latest, but the CFP management committee plans to start it as early as 2024.
And with the expansion of the playoff field, a shift in the college football schedule may occur, by Ross Dellinger of SI.com. Thanksgiving week is traditionally the time when rivalry games are held across the country. That said, with more playoff teams, there will be more playoff games, with discussion starting on exactly when those games will take place. One concept, in particular, was tossed about:
In this concept, the official start of the season (Week 1) would move to Week 0, thus shifting the schedule by one week and expanding a tight December window in which to play all 11 playoff games. In this scenario, Rivalry Week would enter the third week of November and the conference title games would begin the week of Thanksgiving.
It’s just a concept under consideration.
These are just some of the details being ironed out. But first, when the expanded field kicks in, you’ll have to focus. And it looks like that decision could be made sooner rather than later.