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The 12-team College Football Playoff can't get here soon enough

Are you an Alabama fan fuming because Texas wanted to seat the Million Dollar Band eight miles high? Are you a Texas fan still melting down over Colt McCoy's frozen shoulder?


Relax. No matter what happened Saturday in Austin, kumbaya is coming for you, for all of you who let this crazy game drive you mad. Red Elephants and Burnt Orange Bevos. Tiders and Tigers. UAB and the BOT. Rivals old and new, real and imagined, have reason to lock arms and swag surf as one.


The College Football Playoff is expanding, tripling in size from an exclusive party of four to a dandy, disparate dozen, living up to its name at last. Meetings started Thursday to determine when the fun begins, which could be anywhere from 2024 to 2026. There are difficult details to be decided, such as dates and sites and the players' deserved cut of the pie, but that's why they pay Greg Sankey, the other FBS commissioners and the Notre Dame AD the big bucks.


The big news is the bigger tent. It's the best thing to happen to the game since the invention of the hype video because it is now possible to envision a postseason that includes this stirring warning: Here Be Dragons.


Read the rest of Kevin's ode to making college football a real national sport capped by a true playoff. In The Lede.


The College Football Playoff logo on the field for the National Championship Game
Give more teams a shot to set their eyes on this prize, and you engage more fans across the country.