Expanding College Playoffs: Commish wants schools to host quarters and semifinals

DALLAS—Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson, along with thousands of others, watched Saturday’s rousing excitement and field rush that dominated college football.

TCU made a comeback to beat Oklahoma State, Utah stunned USC and Tennessee shocked Alabama. This trio of wild affairs had one thing in common: boisterous celebrations at lively campus venues.

“Maybe we need more playoff games on campus,” Thompson says.

Thompson sits on the CFP Management Committee, the group of conference commissioners tasked with finalizing the details of the expanded 12-team college football playoff. Under the expansion model adopted on September 2, round one matches are to be played in stadiums on campus with better seeds (No. 12 to No. 5, No. 9 to No. 8, and so on). Quarterfinals and semifinals will be played at bowl locations in a six-bowl rotation.


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