Sources: CFP circulating new 14-team model to include 3 automatic spots for Big Ten/SEC, 2 for ACC/Big 12


INDIANAPOLIS — One of the potential models for a new College Football Playoff may be emerging.

In a format being socialized among major conference administrators, the Big Ten and SEC would each receive three automatic qualifiers into a 14-team field, with the ACC and Big 12 getting two each and the Group of Five’s best team qualifying as well. Such a model would feature three at-large spots to the highest-ranked teams outside of the automatic qualifiers.

Those briefed on the format discussed its details with Yahoo Sports Wednesday under condition of anonymity. They cautioned that the proposed model is nowhere near finalized and is not the only format option that emerged from a meeting last week of the CFP Management Committee, an 11-member group encompassing the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director.

However, this “3-3-2-2-1” format is being socialized among athletic administrators, usually one of the initial steps in the process of adopting a model. The format would start in 2026 as part of a new CFP television contract. In 2024 and in 2025, the 12-team field’s format is set: automatic qualifiers for the five highest-ranked conference champions and seven at-large spots.

The College Football Playoff will look a lot different next season. It may change a lot more in the coming years. (David Buono/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 3-3-2-2-1 format is not surprising. Commissioners discussed a variety of new expansion models at last week’s meeting, most of them expanding the 12-team field to 14 and granting multiple automatic berths to the four major conferences.

The 3-3-2-2-1 format is seen as a compromise to the Big Ten and SEC’s initial proposal of four automatic berths for those leagues — a model that, in a 14-team playoff, would leave just one at-large spot.

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