But the university presidents and chancellors who oversee the CFP stepped in and revived the process over the summer. They approved the original plan for use by 2026 and threw it back to the commissioners, directing them to try to expand by 2024, if possible.
The College Football Playoff's 12-year contract with ESPN runs through the 2025-26 season.
No longer haggling over the format, the commissioners needed to work through when and where the games would be played and whether bowl partners and championship-game host cities could accommodate a change in schedule for 2024 and 2025.
The Rose Bowl issue was the last to be settled, as organizers for the 120-year-old bowl game were hoping to get some assurances from the CFP that they would keep their valuable New Year's Day time when new contracts went into effect in 2026.
CFP officials balked.
Facing the possibility of being painted as an obstructionist and potentially being shut out of the expanded playoff in the long term, the Rose Bowl agreed to move forward on good faith.