So four more games if a 5-12 seed made the championship. 12 regular season games, a conference championship game, plus 4 makes a 17 game season. That is tough on a college athlete.I'm guessing that seeds 1-4 will get a first round BYE while 5-12 battle it out.
Here's a hypothetical 2021 CFP assuming they just used the Top 12 teams. Coincidentally, this also allows each of the Power 5 Champs (Alabama, Michigan, Baylor, Pitt, Utah) and the highest-ranked G5 Champ (Cincinnati) into the picture.
As conference size increases ND is going to be hard pressed to find suitable opponents imo. If a good team has only 2 NCG's why take a chance and schedule ND. They can avoid teams that would require a home and home series. I could see where 24 team conference might only have 1 non conference game? ND is going to have a tough time qualifying for the playoffs with nothing but unranked opponents.Guessing that all but eliminates ND to the Big 10...or any other conference now. The 6 conference champions + next best 6 ranked teams are in from what I've read. ND would make the playoffs as a high ranked qualifier.
This is probably the biggest downside to the change, IMO. FCS teams can play up to 16 games (I think NDSU did back in 2019), but they also play all playoff games until the championship game at that level at on-campus sites, which helps a little bit. I'll be interested to see if this issue is addressed when more details come out. The 17 game possibility will only be possible for a small number of teams, but it is a pretty significant jump from where things stand now.So four more games if a 5-12 seed made the championship. 12 regular season games, a conference championship game, plus 4 makes a 17 game season. That is tough on a college athlete.