Notre Dame Won’t Be Eligible For A 1st-Round Bye In Proposed 12-Team Playoff Format

Notre Dame won’t be eligible to skip the opening round of the new proposed playoff format.

The College Football Playoff is on the verge of expanding to 12 teams in the coming years, and the model is really awesome. The field will consist of the six highest-ranked conference champions, six at-large bids and the top four seeds, which will consist of only conference champs, will get first-round byes. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

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— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) June 10, 2021

You know who isn’t eligible to ever skip the first round? The Notre Dame Fighting Irish because they’re independent!

In case you think I’m just speculating here, I can promise you that I’m not. Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick confirmed the news, according to Pete Sampson.

Jack Swarbrick confirms that Notre Dame cannot qualify for a bye in the new 12-team College Football Playoff.

Swarbrick adds he looks forward to never hearing again about the 13th data point.

— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) June 10, 2021

Even though Notre Dame won’t ever be eligible for

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