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Expanded 2020 College Football Playoff: What If?

8 teams? 16 teams? Sure, why not.

You’ve seen the College Football Playoff picture, but what would an expanded 2020 College Football Playoff look like?

In prior years, we have examined how the field would look if there were eight teams. That, after all, is the next evolution of the College Football Playoff. When conference commissioners and ESPN decide they need more cash, it’s going to happen. That year will not be 2020, but that will not stop from asking the question: What if it was?

This satisfies nothing more than intellectual curiosity and if you have an issue, find a tissue.

Determining the Expanded 2020 College Football Playoff Fields

8 Team College Football Playoff

  • All Power Five conference champions: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC
  • Highest-ranked Group of Five team (from American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, or Sun Belt)
  • Two at-large bids (FBS Independents only eligible for at-larges)
  • Seeded based on College Football Playoff rankings

16 Team College Football Playoff

  • All 10 FBS conference champions
  • Six at-large bids (FBS Independents only eligible for at-larges)
  • Seeded based on College Football Playoff rankings (if some conference champions are unranked, the committee, which is us at the moment, seeds based on resume)

December 20 What If Bracket #1: Final 8 Team College Football Playoff

December 20 What If Bracket #1: Final 8 Team College Football Playoff
  • #1 Alabama (SEC Champ) vs. #8 Oregon (Pac-12 Champ)
  • #2 Clemson (ACC Champ) vs. #7 Cincinnati (Top GO5 Champ)
  • #3 Ohio State (Big Ten Champ) vs. #6 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champ)
  • #4 Notre Dame (At-Large) vs. #5 Texas A&M (At-Large)

December 20 What If Bracket #2: Final 16 Team College Football Playoff

December 20 What If Bracket #2: Final 16 Team College Football Playoff
  • #1 Alabama (SEC Champ) vs. #16 Ball State (MAC Champ)
  • #2 Clemson (ACC Champ) vs. #15 UAB (C-USA Champ)
  • #3 Ohio State (Big Ten Champ) vs. #14 Oregon (Pac-12 Champ)
  • #4 Notre Dame (At-Large) vs. #13 San Jose State (MWC Champ)
  • #5 Texas A&M (At-Large) vs. #12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Champ)
  • #6 Oklahoma (Big 12 Champ) vs. #11 Indiana (At-Large)
  • #7 Florida (At-Large) vs. #10 Iowa State (At-Large)
  • #8 Cincinnati (American Champ) vs. #9 Georgia (At-Large)

December 15 What If Bracket #2: 16 Team College Football Playoff

PLEASE NOTE: We did not share the eight-team playoff this week as it is unchanged from last week.

December 15 What If Bracket #2: 16 Team College Football Playoff 2020
  • #1 Alabama (SEC Champ) vs. #16 Marshall (C-USA Champ)
  • #2 Notre Dame (ACC Champ) vs. #15 Buffalo (MAC Champ)
  • #3 Clemson (At-Large) vs. #14 San Jose State (MWC Champ)
  • #4 Ohio State (Big Ten Champ) vs. #13 USC (Pac-12 Champ)
  • #5 Texas A&M (At-Large) vs. #12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Champ)
  • #6 Iowa State (Big 12 Champ) vs. #11 Indiana (At-Large)
  • #7 Florida (At-Large) vs. #10 Oklahoma (At-Large)
  • #8 Georgia (At-Large) vs. #9 Cincinnati (American Champ)

December 8 What If Bracket #1: 8 Team College Football Playoff

December 8 What If Bracket #1: 8 Team College Football Playoff 2020
  • #1 Alabama (SEC Champ) vs. #8 USC (Pac-12 Champ)
  • #4 Ohio State (Big Ten Champ) vs. #5 Texas A&M (At-Large)
  • #3 Clemson (At-Large) vs. #6 Iowa State (Big 12 Champ)
  • #2 Notre Dame (ACC Champ) vs. #7 Cincinnati (GO5 Top Champ)

December 8 What If Bracket #2: 16 Team College Football Playoff

December 8 What If Bracket #1: 16 Team College Football Playoff 2020
  • #1 Alabama (SEC Champ) vs. #16 Marshall (C-USA Champ)
  • #2 Notre Dame (ACC Champ) vs. #15 San Jose State (MWC Champ)
  • #3 Clemson (At-Large) vs. #14 Buffalo (MAC Champ)
  • #4 Ohio State (Big Ten Champ) vs. #13 USC (Pac-12 Champ)
  • #5 Texas A&M (At-Large) vs. #12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Champ)
  • #6 Florida (At-Large) vs. #11 Oklahoma (At-Large)
  • #7 Iowa State (Big 12 Champ) vs. #10 Miami (At-Large)
  • #8 Cincinnati (American Champ) vs. #9 Georgia (At-Large)

December 1 What If Bracket #1: 8 Team College Football Playoff

Expanded College Football Playoff 8 Teams December 1, 2020
  • #1 Alabama (SEC) vs. #8 Washington (Pac-12)
  • #2 Notre Dame (ACC) vs. #7 Iowa State (Big 12)
  • #3 Clemson (At-Large) vs. #6 Cincinnati (GO5)
  • #4 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. #5 Texas A&M (At-Large)

December 1 What If Bracket #1: 16 Team College Football Playoff

Expanded College Football Playoff 16 Teams December 1, 2020
  • #1 Alabama (SEC) vs. #16 Buffalo (MAC)
  • #2 Notre Dame (ACC) vs. #15 Boise State (MWC)
  • #3 Clemson (At-Large) vs. #14 Washington (Pac-12)
  • #4 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. #13 Marshall (C-USA)
  • #5 Texas A&M (At-Large) vs. #12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
  • #6 Florida (At-Large) vs. #11 Oklahoma (At-Large)
  • #7 Cincinnati (AAC) vs. #10 Miami-FL (At-Large)
  • #8 Georgia (At-Large) vs. #9 Iowa State (Big 12)

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