CFP expansion’s future is in the hands of the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is on the clock.

The CFP executive board of presidents does not plan to guarantee the Rose Bowl game its request for an exclusive Jan. 1 window in future iterations of an expanded playoff, sources say, and they have given the sport’s oldest operating bowl a deadline.

Believed to be the last hurdle to expanding the playoff early, the Rose Bowl and its officials have been given a matter of days to make what could be a monumental decision for the future of college football’s postseason. The Rose Bowl can either agree to expand the playoff as soon as 2024, or delay expansion to ’26.

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