What would a 12-team playoff have looked like since 2014

The landscape of college football is ever-changing.

With NIL and the transfer portal, there is constant movement among the players.

Starting in the 2024 college football season, we will see more change with the introduction of the 12-team playoff field.

For years many wanted to move away from the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and in 2014 came the College Football Playoffs.

The top four teams would play for the CFP trophy. Since that date, we have heard countless arguments to expand to eight, 12, or even a 16-team field.

In 2017 the argument centered around Alabama vs Central Florida, which is the national champion.

Under the new guidelines for the playoff, it would have been settled on the field.

In an opening-round matchup, we would have No. 5 Alabama vs No. 12 Central Florida. Who wouldn’t love to see that game? At least in hindsight.

The new format will have the top four conference champions earning a bye week.

Teams who win their conference will be rewarded. The remaining Power Five champion will earn a guaranteed spot as well as the highest-ranked Group of Five champion.

The remaining six spots will be at large selections.With all of that said, Buckeyes Wire went back to 2014 to see what those 12-team fields would look like.

Ohio State was the only football team that would have qualified every single year.

Alabama missed out in 2019 to give them the second-most appearances.

2014 Field First Round Byes Alabama Crimson Tide Oregon Ducks Florida State Seminoles Ohio State Buckeyes

2014 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Baylor Bears vs No. 12 Boise State Broncos No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs vs No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats No. 7 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs No. 10 Arizona Wildcats No. 8 Michigan State Spartans vs No. 9 Ole Miss Rebels

2014 Field Second Round Matchups Alabama vs Michigan State-Ole Miss winner Oregon vs Mississippi State-Arizona winner Florida State vs TCU-Kansas State winner Ohio State vs Baylor-Boise State winner

2015 Field First Round Byes Clemson Tigers Alabama Crimson Tide Michigan State Spartans Oklahoma Sooners

2015 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes vs No. 12 Houston Cougars No. 6 Stanford Cardinal vs No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs No. 9 Florida State Seminoles

2015 Field Second Round Matchups Clemson vs Notre Dame-Florida State winner Alabama vs Ohio State-North Carolina winner Michigan State vs Stanford-TCU winner Oklahoma vs Iowa-Houston winner

2016 Field First Round Byes Alabama Crimson Tide Clemson Tigers Washington Huskies Penn State Nittany Lions

2016 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes vs No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos No. 6 Michigan Wolverines vs No. 11 Florida State Seminoles No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners vs No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 11 USC Trojans

2016 Field Second Round Matchups Alabama vs Wisconsin-USC winner Clemson vs Oklahoma-Colorado winner Washington vs Michigan-Florida State winner Penn State vs Ohio State-Western Michigan winner

2017 Field First Round Byes Clemson Tigers Oklahoma Sooners Georgia Bulldogs Ohio State Buckeyes

2017 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide vs No. 12 Central Florida Knights No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 11 Washington Huskies No. 7 Auburn Tigers vs No. 10 Miami Hurricanes No. 8 USC Trojans vs No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions

2017 Field Second Round Matchups Clemson vs USC-Penn State winner Oklahoma vs Auburn-Miami winner Georgia vs Wisconsin-Washington winner Ohio State vs Alabama-Central Florida winner

2018 Field First Round Byes Alabama Crimson Tide Clemson Tigers Oklahoma Sooners Ohio State Buckeyes

2018 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs vs No. 11 LSU Tigers No. 7 Michigan Wolverines vs No. 10 Florida Gators No. 8 Central Florida Knights vs No. 9 Washington Huskies

2018 Field Second Round Matchups Alabama vs Central Florida-Washington winner Clemson vs Michigan-Florida winner Oklahoma vs Georgia-LSU winner Ohio State vs Notre Dame-Penn State winner

2019 Field First Round Byes LSU Tigers Ohio State Buckeyes Clemson Tigers Oklahoma Sooners

2019 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs vs No. 12 Memphis Tigers No. 6 Oregon Ducks vs No. 11 Utah Utes No. 7 Baylor Bears vs No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 9 Florida Gators

2019 Field Second Round Matchups LSU vs Wisconsin-Florida winner Ohio State vs Baylor-Penn State winner Clemson vs Oregon-Utah winner Oklahoma vs Georgia-Memphis winner

2020 Field First Round Byes Alabama Crimson Tide Clemson Tigers Ohio State Buckeyes Oklahoma Sooners

2020 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs No. 12 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies vs No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers No. 7 Florida Gators vs No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats vs No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs

2020 Field Second Round Matchups Alabama vs Cincinnati-Georgia winner Clemson vs Florida-Iowa State winner Ohio State vs Texas A&M-Indiana winner Oklahoma vs Notre Dame-Coastal Carolina winner

2021 Field First Round Byes Alabama Crimson Tide Michigan Wolverines Cincinnati Bearcats Baylor Bears

2021 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs vs No. 12 Pittsburgh Panthers No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs No. 11 Utah Utes No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs No. 10 Michigan State Spartans No. 8 Ole Miss Rebels vs No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys

2021 Field Second Round Matchups Alabama vs Ole Miss-Oklahoma State winner Michigan vs Ohio State-Michigan State winner Cincinnati vs Notre Dame-Utah Winner Baylor vs Georgia-Pittsburgh winner

2022 Field First Round Byes Georgia Bulldogs Michigan Wolverines Clemson Tigers Utah Utes

2022 Field First Round Matchups No. 5 TCU Horned Frogs vs No. 12 Tulane Green Wave No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes vs No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions No. 7 Alabama Crimson Tide vs No. 10 USC Trojans No. 8 Tennessee Vols vs No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats

2022 Field Second Round Matchups Georgia vs Tennessee-Kansas State winner Michigan vs Alabama-USC winner Clemson vs Ohio State-Penn State winner Utah vs TCU-Tulane winner

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