I have said all along that I believe there will be a 6 (with two top teams that get an opening round bye) or 8 team playoff (never bigger than that) agreed to over the next decade. That playoff will be fed by 4 large (16 to 20 teams each) conferences (SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac12). Here is how I see the conferences going:
1. SEC (16 teams)
2. Big 10 (20 Teams)
3. Pac 12 (14 teams)
4. Big 12 (14 teams)
Wake and BC will join the new Big East, the Mountain West will stay alive and the CUSA, MAC, and Sun Belt will stay together as well.
The champion of the 4 conferences above and two at large teams (from the 4 above or any other conference) will be put into a 6 team playoff. Byes given to whoever finishes #1 and #2 in the polls (polls remain relevant, which the media will love). Like this example:
1. Alabama -BYE (SEC Champion)
3. Oklahoma (Big 12 Champion)
6. Stanford (At Large selection)
4. Oregon (Pac 12 Champion)
5. Florida (at large selection)
2. Ohio State - BYE (Big 10 Champion)
Would be awesome.
But no one would want to see playoff games like Oklahoma vs Stanford, Oregon Vs Florida, Oregon vs Ohio State, Oklahoma vs Alabama and Alabama vs Oregon. would they? (sarcasm intended)
The only thought i will add, is that the Big 10 may not go all the way to 20. If not, Notre Dame may stay independent and NC and Duke could land in the SEC or elsewhere? Stay tuned.