ATHENS — There has been no discussion for expanded the College Football Playoffs to eight teams, according to CFP executive director Bill Hancock.
“It hasn’t been discussed at all,” Hancock said. “Not a bit.”
Bill Hancock & Mike Griffith
Hancock, formerly the director of the NCAA Final Four and BCS Championship, said earlier this week the CFP semifinals (Allstate Sugar and Rose, both Jan. 1) and CFP Championship Game (Jan. 11) remain on for their scheduled dates.
Hancock did announce some changes to the scheduling of the teams’ arrivals and activities, however.
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But there are many other changes that college football is dealing with, and Hancock said fans need to remind themselves some things will have a different look on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think everybody needs to realize that this will not be a normal season for college football,” Hancock said. “How could it be? It’s not a normal word. Abnormal in what ways? We just don’t know yet.
“We’re still five months way from our championship, so we have time, and we’ll be ready.”
The New Year’s Six Bowls will be ready with fans or not, Hancock said.
The Cotton, Orange, Fiesta Peach will take place regardless of if there are fans in attendance.
The 13-member College Football Playoff Committee plans to continue to meet in person, rather than virtually. Hancock said he anticipates the first CFP rankings coming out in the eighth, ninth or 10th week of the season.
“Clearly the relative lack of those marquee non-conference games will make things different for the committee,” Hancock said. “This is why we have a committee of 13 experts who can watch teams on video, and use the data that we do have to discern and rank the teams.
“If we were in a strictly data-driven service like we were with the BCS, I’d be concerned, but this is why we have these experts.”
Here’s a look at the 2020 CFP Playoff Selection Committee:
Gary Barta, Chair
Director of Athletics, University of Iowa
Professor, Arizona State University
Director of Athletics, University of Wyoming
Director of Athletics, University of Oklahoma
Director of Athletics, University of Colorado
Former Head Coach, of Three FBS Institutions
Former All-American, USC
Director of Athletics, Arkansas State University
Former Chief of Staff, United States Army
Former Head Coach, Texas A&M University
Director of Athletics, Georgia Tech
Director of Athletics, University of Florida
Former All-American, Penn State Universityt