The sport of college football is about to undergo significant changes, which will reshape it completely. Over the past decade, college football has undergone a massive renovation, and before the 2024 season, further alterations will take place.
The 2023 college football season will mark the end of an era as sweeping changes in conference alignment and postseason structure are set to take place. The four-team College Football Playoff will be replaced by a 12-team playoff in 2024, and Oklahoma and Texas will join the SEC, while Southern Cal and UCLA will join the Big Ten.
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Listen to his thoughts on the changing landscape in college football!
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In a podcast from the USA TODAY Network, host Blake Toppmeyer and guest co-host Gentry Estes discuss the implications of these changes for college football. They agree that the expanded playoff format is a positive development as it will allow more conferences to be represented and provide guaranteed access for Group of Five teams. The SEC also stands to benefit as it could potentially secure multiple bids and have two teams in the semifinals.
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However, they have differing opinions on the conference realignment. Estes is not a fan of this round of shuffling or past realignments, while Toppmeyer defends the SEC’s expansion as it has restored some lively rivalries. Nevertheless, Toppmeyer expresses concerns that the SEC and Big Ten’s successful raids may make college football less compelling in the Big 12 and Pac-12.
NIL is the new way for athletes to profit while there are little to no rules set in stone by the NCAA. It’s a changing aspect in the college football world and continues to grow in multiple ways. These impacts are both positive and negative on the sport we love. #spm320— Jace Vincent (@jacevincent51) April 10, 2023