What if? College Football Playoff matchups in 12-team format

FILE - Alabama's Ronnie Harrison (15) breaks up a pass intended for Clemson's Artavis Scott during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Glendale, Ariz., in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, file photo. The College Football Playoff would expand from four to 12 teams, with six spots reserved for the highest ranked conference champions, under a proposal that will be considered next week by the league commissioners who manage the postseason system, a person familiar with announcement told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the CFP has not yet released details. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
FILE - Alabama's Ronnie Harrison (15) breaks up a pass intended for Clemson's Artavis Scott during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Glendale, Ariz., in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, file photo. The College Football Playoff would expand from four to 12 teams, with six spots reserved for the highest ranked conference champions, under a proposal that will be considered next week by the league commissioners who manage the postseason system, a person familiar with announcement told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the CFP has not yet released details. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Credit: Ross D. Franklin

Credit: Ross D. Franklin

Looking back at the College Football Playoff era, what would the postseason matchups have been using the proposed 12-team format

Using the final College Football Playoff selection committee rankings for each season, here's how the postseason matchups would have looked with the proposed 12-team format during the CFP's four-team era.

2020

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Notre Dame (at-large) vs. No. 12 Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt champ)

No. 6 Texas A&M (at-large) vs. No. 11 Indiana (at-large)

No. 7 Florida (at-large) vs. No. 10 Iowa State (at-large)

No. 8 Cincinnati (American champ) vs. No. 9 Georgia (at-large)

Quarterfinals

Cincinnati-Georgia winner vs. No 1. Alabama (SEC champ) at Peach Bowl

Florida-Iowa State winner vs. No. 2 Clemson (ACC champ) at Orange Bowl

Texas A&M-Indiana winner vs. No. 3. Ohio State (Big Ten champ) at Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame-Coastal Carolina winner vs. No. 4. Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) at Cotton Bowl.

Semifinals played at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

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2019

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Georgia (at-large) vs. No. 12 Memphis (American champ)

No. 6 Oregon (Pac-12 champ) vs. No. 11 Utah (at-large)

No. 7 Baylor (at-large) vs. No. 10 Penn State (at-large)

No. 8 Wisconsin (at-large) vs. No. 9 Florida (at-large)

Quarterfinals

Wisconsin-Florida winner vs. No. 1 LSU (SEC champ) at Sugar Bowl.

Baylor-Penn State winner vs. No. 2 Ohio State (Big Ten champ) at Rose Bowl

Oregon-Utah winner vs. No. 3 Clemson (ACC champ) at Orange Bowl

Georgia-Memphis winner vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) at Cotton Bowl

Semifinals played at the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl

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2018

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Notre Dame (at-large) vs. No. 12 Penn State (at-large)

No. 6 Georgia (at-large) vs. No. 11 LSU (at-large)

No. 7 Michigan (at-large) vs. No. 10 Florida (at-large)

No. 8 UCF (American champ) vs. No. 9 Washington (Pac-12 champ)

Quarterfinals

UCF-Washington winner vs. Alabama (SEC champ) at Sugar Bowl

Michigan-Florida winner vs. Clemson (ACC champ) at Peach Bowl

Georgia-LSU winner vs. Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) at Fiesta Bowl.

Notre Dame-Penn State winner vs. Ohio State (Big Ten champ) at Rose Bowl.

Semifinals played at Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.

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2017

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Alabama (at-large) vs. No. 12 UCF (American champ)

No. 6 Wisconsin (at-large) vs. No. 11 Washington (at-large)

No. 7 Auburn (at-large) vs. No. 10 Miami (at-large)

No. 8 USC (Pac-12 champ) vs. Penn State (at-large)

Quarterfinals

USC-Penn State winner vs. No. 1 Clemson (ACC champ) at Orange Bowl

Auburn-Miami winner vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) at Cotton Bowl

Wisconsin-Washington winner vs. No. 3 Georgia (SEC champ) at Peach Bowl

Alabama-UCF winner vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Big Ten champ) at Fiesta Bowl

Semifinals played at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

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2016

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Ohio State (at-large) vs. No. 12 Western Michigan (MAC champ)

No. 6 Michigan (at-large) vs. No. 11 Florida State (at-large)

No. 7 Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) vs. No. 10 Colorado (at-large)

No. 8 Wisconsin (Big Ten champ) vs. No. 9 USC (at-large)

Quarterfinals

Wisconsin-USC winner vs. No. 1 Alabama (SEC champ) at Sugar Bowl

Oklahoma-Colorado winner vs. No. 2 Clemson (ACC champ) at Orange Bowl

Michigan-Florida State winner vs. No. 3 Washington (Pac-12 champ) at Rose Bowl

Ohio State-Western Michigan winner vs. No. 4 Penn State (Big Ten champ) at Cotton Bowl

Semifinals played at the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl

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2015

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Iowa (at-large) vs. No. 12 Houston (American champ)

No. 6 Stanford (Pac-12 champ) vs. No. 11 TCU (at-large)

No. 7 Ohio State (at-large) vs. No. 10 North Carolina (at-large)

No. 8 Notre Dame (at-large) vs. No. 9 Florida State (at-large)

Quarterfinals

Notre Dame-Florida State winner vs. No. 1 Clemson (ACC champ) at Peach Bowl

Ohio State-North Carolina winner vs. No. 2 Alabama (SEC champ) at Sugar Bowl

Stanford-TCU winner vs. No. 3 Michigan State (Big Ten champ) at Rose Bowl

Iowa-Houston winner vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) at Fiesta Bowl

Semifinals played at Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl

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2014

First round (Lower seed is home team)

No. 5 Baylor (Big 12 co-champ) vs. No. 12 Boise State (Mountain West champ)

No. 6 TCU (Big 12 co-champ) vs. No. 11 Kansas State (at-large)

No. 7 Mississippi State (at-large) vs. No. 10 Arizona (at-large)

No. 8 Michigan State (at-large) vs. No. 9 Mississippi (at-large)

Quarterfinals

Michigan State-Mississippi winner vs. No. 1 Alabama (SEC champ) at Peach Bowl

Mississippi State-Arizona winner vs. No. 2 Oregon (Pac-12 champ) at Fiesta Bowl

TCU-Kansas State winner vs. No. 3 Florida State (ACC champ) at Orange Bowl

No. 5 Baylor-Boise State winners vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Big Ten champ) at Cotton Bowl

Semifinals at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl

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