UNDATED (AP) — College Football Playoff expansion has entered the negotiation stage. The road to a new format for deciding major college football’s national champion took a detour this week. The CFP management committee was unable to come to a consensus on the proposed 12-team format. That means more talks about the possibility of an eight-team playoff and other issues. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says if everyone “has to have everything on their Christmas list, we’ll have an unhappy Christmas morning.” The next meeting is next week in Chicago.
UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina could be heading into a hornets’ nest this weekend at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets came within a goal-line stand of upsetting No. 9 Clemson a week ago before losing 14-8. North Carolina has rallied since losing its opener at Virginia Tech and got its offense rolling with 699 yards last weekend in a 59-39 victory against usually stingy Virginia. The weekend also features a Friday night return to the Carrier Dome of Liberty, which beat Syracuse 38-21 last year.
UNDATED (AP) — A plan to expand the College Football Playoff has stalled. The CFP management committee was not able to come to a consensus on a whether to grow the postseason format from four to 12 teams. The committee will reconvene next week, with college presidents joining online. No vote is expected. A plan to increase the four-team playoff to 12 teams was unveiled in June. Concerns have been raised about some of the details, including how many games a team would end up playing in a season. CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock says an eight-team format was discussed at the latest meeting.
UNDATED (AP) — College football is in the midst of another season with another unprecedented challenge. Team are trying to build chemistry between “Super Seniors” in their sixth or seventh year of college and talented early enrollees out of high school. All are fighting for playing time. The age gap can create a positive environment of willing mentors eager to help hot-shot freshmen get on the field. It can also breed bad feelings among those who counted on playing time, yet must spend another year behind older teammates who might’ve been finished with college if not for COVID exemptions. Coaches have expanded efforts to create harmony despite the differences in age.
UNDATED (AP) — Last week college football gave fans one of its tastiest treats when Auburn visited Penn State. Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. This week, not so much. The weekend has only two matchups of ranked teams. No. 12 Notre Dame plays No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 7 Texas A&M takes on No. 16 Arkansas. Both games are at NFL stadiums. AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo says those kinds of games are better on campus. He also picks Wisconsin to beat Notre Dame and for the Aggies to knock off the Razorbacks.
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