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12-team CFP selection process continues without waiting for Army-Navy result



Last Updated on April 26, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

The prestigious Army-Navy Game, a beloved tradition in college football, will not impact the College Football Playoff (CFP) selection process for the upcoming 12-team format. This decision marks a significant change from the previous four-team format, as academy officials opted to keep the annual rivalry game in its traditional spot on the schedule.

Unlike in the past, where the final rankings for the CFP could potentially influence the timing of the Army-Navy Game, the CFP officials have decided not to ask a participant to wait a week to learn their opponent. With a shorter turnaround before the 12-team Playoff, it was deemed impractical to delay the announcement of matchups.

Interestingly, under the new format, Army or Navy could potentially win the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and qualify for the CFP, only to face the other academy six days later. Despite this unique scenario, the winner could still advance to the CFP, showcasing the importance of this historic rivalry.

Furthermore, even with Army joining the AAC as a football-only member, the Army-Navy Game will remain a nonconference matchup. This decision ensures that the integrity and significance of this annual tradition are preserved, regardless of any conference affiliations.

In other news related to the CFP, the organization has decided to keep its three first-round games on the third Saturday in December, despite reported concerns from the NFL. Additionally, there have been changes in the selection committee, with Washington athletic director Pat Chun stepping down and a new at-large committee member set to be appointed.

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Lastly, the CFP has increased its travel budget for team family members, from $1.5 million over three games to $7.5 million over 11 games. This move reflects the organization’s commitment to ensuring a positive and memorable experience for all those involved in the playoff games.

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