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How will the class of 12 teams play this season

Kid Stover, Ohio State Buckeyes, Kobe King, Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Scott Tych/Getty Images)

This is how the College Football Playoff would have been played this year with a 12-team stadium.

As the College Football playoffs expand in two years, let’s discuss what the 12 teams would have looked like, as well as what might have happened if this setup had been implemented for the 2022 college season.

The four teams left playing in a national championship this year are the SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs, Big Ten champion Michigan Wolverines, Big 12 runner-up TCU Horned Frogs and one losing, Big Ten team the Ohio State Buckeyes. While everyone has a chance to win it, there are a few teams out there looking who would have loved that chance…

Here’s 100 percent how the 12-team college game could have played out this season.

College football rankings 2022: Proposed 12-team stadium

Before we get started, the proposed format most people expect will be implemented by 2024 is like this: 12 teams participate, half of which are the six highest-ranked conference champions and the other half are big bids. The four highest-ranked conference champions get to the first round in the National Quarterfinals. Teams No. 5 through No. 8 will host playoff matches at home.

Here are the 12 teams that would have made it, in line with the proposed CFP ranking system.

  1. Georgia Bulldogs (SEC Champion): Bye
  2. Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Champion): Bye
  3. Clemson Tigers (ACC Champion): Bye
  4. Utah Uts (Pac-12 Champion): Bye
  5. TCU Horned Frogs vs. No. 12 Tulane Green Wave (AAC Champion)
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions
  7. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 10 USC Trojans
  8. Tennessee Volunteers vs. #9 Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 champions)

The four first-round teams will be SEC champion Georgia, Big Ten champion Michigan, ACC champion Clemson, and Pac-12 champion Utah. While nobody has any issues with Georgia and Michigan getting the top two spots, Clemson came in at number seven in the final rankings, while Utah came in at number eight.

Conversely, the good news for the Horned Frogs, Buckeyes, Crimson Tide, and Volunteers is that they will all host playoff games at home versus the other teams that will be in. TCU will host No. 12 Tulane, No. 6 Ohio State will host No. 11 Penn State, No. 7 Alabama will host No. 10 USC and No. 8 Tennessee will host No. 9 Kansas State. I understood you? Fabulous.

The exercise we are going to do is interesting in many ways. We’ll see how the home advantage in Round 1 can help push some teams into the quarter-finals. Reseeding the field could give us more interesting matches than we largely expected. Most importantly, the size of the field itself has tripled. In the end, all the strangers ask for is another chance…

So let’s go through that with the four first-round games that will be played on college campuses.