As Notre Dame Football prepares (as the number five ranked team in the country) to take on Ohio State (the number two ranked team in the country), there was a huge bit of news announced in regards to college football.
It came out that they were going to expand to a 12-team playoff in the next few years. There are going to be the six highest-ranked conference champions along with the six at-large teams in the country.
This is outstanding news for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program. The fact that they are not in a conference has hindered them ever since the College Football Playoff was implemented and it doesn’t have to anymore.
You would think that based on their track record, they would be one of the six at-large teams almost annually.
Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick is going to meet next week with the 10 FBS commissioners to figure out details.
The Notre Dame Football team will benefit from the new CFB Playoff rules.
Notre Dame is still at a disadvantage by not being in a conference because they all can be a champion or at-large while they can only be at-large. However, they are still in a much better spot than they are in the four-team format.
The Irish pretty much have to go undefeated in order to make it into the four-team version of the College Football Playoff because the committee will almost certainly choose a one-loss conference champion over a one-loss Notre Dame team that was idle during championship week.
For that reason alone, this expansion is great news for them as they try to continue their amazing football program. 2022 is going to be the new year with Marcus Freeman in charge as the head coach which means that things are already changing for the school’s football program.
Hopefully, they are able to continue playing well each year so that they can take advantage of this new style once it is implemented. They are pushing for it to be done sooner rather than later but it will be done no later than the 2026 season which is amazing news.
All college football fans can rejoice on this day. It is amazing news for the FBS and everyone’s season will have just got a lot more exciting when it is implemented. We can only hope that it helps Notre Dame as much as it appears that it does.