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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott pushes for College Football Playoff expansion but is denied

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott asked the College Football Playoff management committee on Wednesday to consider expanding this year's playoff to eight teams but the proposal was declined, playoff executive director Bill Hancock told USA TODAY Sports.

"After thorough, respectful and civil discussion, they decided that the best outcome would be to make no changes in the format, because it would have been such a significant change and would come with so many challenges, especially given that the season is already underway," Hancock said.

Scott asked the committee to consider expansion because of the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 season, notably in how restrictions and varied start dates have many conferences playing different numbers of games.