CFP Expansion

Auggie

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An interesting thing to watch would be a scenario where an unbeaten MAC/Sun Belt/CUSA team might qualify as one of the six highest conference champs, and let’s say lower ranked teams pull off upsets in say the ACC and Big 12 championship games…we could see a MAC/Sun Belt/CUSA champ getting a first round bye. The Power Five would be livid having to share “their” loot.
The NCAA might have a minimum seats requirement to host a CFP game. Say a Tulane qualifies, instead of playing at their normal stadium which only seats 30K they move to the game to the Superdome so they maximize revenue as the home team.
 

cjb5656

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I think you have better odds to win the mega
That would be tough to get the bye, but not as much to automatically qualify. Let’s say you have an unbeaten Toledo at #18 or so with a couple nice non-conference wins. All it takes to snag one of those six conference champ spots would be a slip up by any one of the P5 champs to a low ranked opponent like Purdue in the B1G and the B1G champ might not automatically qualify…which is why the B1G is scrapping divisions to prevent that from happening.
 

cjb5656

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The NCAA might have a minimum seats requirement to host a CFP game. Say a Tulane qualifies, instead of playing at their normal stadium which only seats 30K they move to the game to the Superdome so they maximize revenue as the home team.
Let’s say an unbeaten Toledo gets a home game. Do they force a move to Ford Field? Toledo loses its home field advantage.
 

Auggie

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Let’s say an unbeaten Toledo gets a home game. Do they force a move to Ford Field? Toledo loses its home field advantage.
Yup. From the Toledo side not only do they get more fans but since it is a home game they can control ticket policy so things like seat access may only be available if you kick into some $s to their endowment fund. So let's say if it was LSU v UM the LSU fans would have limited ticketing options as UM has an almost sold out stadium, but if it is Toledo and they are moving the game then while unfair to the Rocket players and the coach it can really load up the coffers if those LSU fans pay an extra premium to get tickets to a CFP game.
 

nutsnbolts

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The downside being Toledo would be forced indoors against LSU in the early winter
That would definitely be a downside. How about letting the host school choose the site? If playing a Southern school take it to Ann Arbor (almost the same colors), Columbus, Cincinnati, or Cleveland and keep it outside.
 

adselder09

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Only thing
An interesting thing to watch would be a scenario where an unbeaten MAC/Sun Belt/CUSA team might qualify as one of the six highest conference champs, and let’s say lower ranked teams pull off upsets in say the ACC and Big 12 championship games…we could see a MAC/Sun Belt/CUSA champ getting a first round bye. The Power Five would be livid having to share “their” loot.
Cincinnati would have received a 1st Round bye last season and likely would have been ranked #3.

#1 Alabama
#2 Michigan
#3 Cincinnati
#4 Baylor

Utah won the Pac 12, but was ranked #11
Pittsburg won the ACC, but was ranked #12

Likely would have seen hosts 5-8:
#5 Georgia vs. #12 Pittsburg
#6 Notre Dame vs. #10 Michigan State
#7 Ohio State vs. #11 Utah
#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma State

I say Utah/Michigan State flip flop, because I doubt the committee would pair conference opponents in round 1 if they could help it.
 
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