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More Changes Expected As ACC To Make Crucial Expansion Vote

  • ACC presidents may vote on adding Stanford, Cal, and SMU this week.
  • The College Football Playoff could determine a new format for its expansion to 12 teams.
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As has been expected, a final decision on ACC expansion could be determined within days — just in time for this week’s start of the 2023 college football season.

Conference presidents were reportedly scheduled to meet Monday night to discuss and potentially vote on the additions of Stanford, California, and Southern Methodist University. However, the meeting was postponed due to the deadly shooting at North Carolina, which saw the Chapel Hill campus go on lockdown.

Clemson, Florida State, UNC, and NC State had reportedly opposed adding new schools, but recent reports had indicated potential financial concessions were making expansion more likely.

Amid the ongoing conference realignment saga, College Football Playoff leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to how schools will be able to qualify for the expanded 12-team format in 2024. 

As of now, the six highest-ranked conference champions and six other highest-ranked teams would qualify for the CFP. But without a clear Power Five following the dissolution of the Pac-12, questions have been raised by leaders like SEC commissioner Greg Sankey as to whether there should be a new qualifying format.

More Changes For Big 12?

When the Big 12 expands to 16 teams in 2024, don’t expect the conference to change its name.

“The Big 12 is a good brand. We’re not going to rename it,” Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said. “We might rebrand it.”

A rebrand could include a new logo and conference slogans. The Big 12 includes 14 teams this season and operated with only 10 from 2012-2022.

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