The proposal of the expanded college football playoff to twelve teams has been discussed for months. Last year’s playoff would not have included a PAC 12 representative. But something which hasn’t been discussed is what would have happened if we had a 12 team playoff from the start of the playoff in 2014.
Here are what the playoffs would have been from 2014 to 2019.
2014 CFP: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State get byes.
(12) Boise State-(5)Baylor in Waco
(11) Arizona-(6) TCU in Fort Worth (Kansas State was 11th, but in same league)
(10) Kansas State-(7) Mississippi State in Starkville
(9) Ole Miss-(8) Michigan State in East Lansing
2015 CFP: Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma byes.
(12) Houston-(5) Iowa in Iowa City
(11) TCU-(6) Stanford in Palo Alto
(10) North Carolina-(7) Ohio State in Columbus
(9) Florida State-(8) Notre Dame in South Bend
2016 CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington byes
(12) Western Michigan-(5) Penn State in State College
(11) Florida State-(6) Michigan in Ann Arbor
(10) Colorado-(7) Oklahoma in Norman
(9) USC-(8) Wisconsin in Madison
2017 CFP: Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State byes.
(12) UCF-(5) Alabama in Tuscaloosa
(11) Washington-(6) Wisconsin in Madison
(10) Miami-(7) Auburn
(9) Penn State-(8) USC in Los Angeles
2018 CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma byes.
(12) Penn State-(5) Notre Dame in South Bend
(11) LSU-(6) Georgia in Athens
(10) Florida-(7) Michigan in Ann Arbor
(9) Washington-(8) UCF in Orlando
This would be a ratings bonanza.
2019 CFP: LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma byes.
(12) Memphis-(5) Georgia in Athens
(11) Penn State-(6) Oregon in Eugene
(10) Utah-(7) Baylor in Waco
(9) Florida-(8) Wisconsin in Madison
Utah was 11th, but no rematch of conference games so they are 10 seed.
2020 CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma byes.
(12) Coastal Carolina-(5) Texas A&M in College Station
(11) Indiana-(6) Notre Dame in South Bend
(10) Iowa State-(7) Florida in Gainesville
(9) Georgia-(8) Cincinnati in Cincinnati