The College Football Playoff has no intention to expand its field for the 2020 season despite a suggestion from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott that it double in size from four to eight teams, sources told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. Brought forth during a Wednesday meeting with the CFP Management Committee, this is the first time a pitch for an expanded playoff from a Power Five commissioner has been made public.
Scott's suggestion for an eight-team playoff comes during a year marred by staggered, uneven and shortened schedules due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion was first reported by ESPN.
CFP sources told CBS Sports that Scott merely "mentioned" expansion in terms of asking, "Is this something we should consider?" during a call with the committee. The discussion among the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick was not contentious.
It had long been speculated that, because of COVID-19, expansion of the four-team bracket would be a way to recoup some lost revenue for the sport.