Ryan Day shares how 12-team playoff will impact Big Ten’s chances to win

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The College Football Playoff announced its expansion to 12 teams back in December and Ryan Day detailed how it would impact Ohio State and the Big Ten’s chances.

To be frank, Day was still bothered by the Buckeyes’ loss to Georgia in the CFP semifinals last season. Ohio State had a chance to win it with a field goal in the end, but a miss sent the Bulldogs to the national championship.

Day joined Bussin’ with the Boys and revealed what he thought of the impending 12-team playoff.

“It makes me sick every day to think about it,” Day said of the playoff loss to Georgia. “And I’ll just go back through you know, you think about ‘19 but this last game … It’s just it’s one play here, one play there, but it doesn’t happen. And so, you know, you have to own it. And it’s hard. It’s hard to take but you have to regroup and learn from it. And like you said, Keep swinging. 

“I think that the 12 team playoff will be interesting. I think it’s going to be interesting to see how that all plays out. The first four teams get a buy, get home field advantage. That’s cool playing in the Big Ten. That could be a game in December on the road, you know, so there’s a lot to be determined here. Now that’s two years away, but looking forward to seeing what that looks like.”

After initial reports revealed the expansion for 2026, the CFP committee eventually worked its way to 2024. 

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Teams like Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State could all make the playoff in a single season. Talk about a big change to the format. 

“We’re delighted to be moving forward,” Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the CFP said in December. “When the board expanded the playoff beginning in 2026 and asked the CFP Management Committee to examine the feasibility of starting the new format earlier, the Management Committee went right to work. More teams and more access mean more excitement for fans, alumni, students and student-athletes.

“We appreciate the leaders of the six bowl games and the two future national championship game host cities for their cooperation. Everyone realized that this change is in the best interest of college football and pulled together to make it happen.”