What 12-team College Football Playoff would have looked like in ’23

The College Football Playoff is about to expand to a 12-team field, but that leaves fans in 2023 with one more great “what if?” to answer.If this year’s college football season had gotten the 12-team treatment, the debate over whether to rank Alabama or Florida State fourth still would have mattered — but it wouldn’t have been a question of in or out.The new format, as currently constructed, will guarantee the six highest-ranked conference champions will make the field. Then the six highest-ranked remaining teams will round out the field, with teams seeded according to the final CFP rankings.The top four teams will get a bye in the first round. The fifth through eighth seeds will get to select the host venue for their respective quarterfinal games.Using the final rankings of the 2023 season released earlier Sunday, the 12-team playoff would have looked like this:No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Missouri (quarterfinal)Winner plays No 1. Michigan (first-round bye)No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 12 Liberty (quarterfinal)Winner plays No. 4 Alabama (first-round bye)No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Penn State (quarterfinal)

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