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‘Too soon’ to expand four-team College Football Playoff format

Organisers of the College Football Playoff have declared there are no immediate plans to change the four-team format.

University presidents and conference commissioners met on Monday for their annual meeting ahead of the Alabama-Clemson national championship match.

Despite some calls to expand the format, it was announced that no structural changes will be made prior to the end of the current contract. The College Football Playoff is in the fifth year of a 12-year deal with ESPN.

“As far as expanding the number of teams in the Playoff, it’s way too soon – much too soon – to know if that is even a possibility,” said board of managers president Mark Keenum.

“It’s fair to say the speculation about expansion has outdistanced the reality of what the commissioners and the presidents have discussed. If a decision were to be made down the road, the presidents would be the ones to make it and we are not there.”