How the 12 College Football Playoff Berths Will Be Awarded in 2024

Here’s how the 12 playoff bids will be awarded under the new system.

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With the Rose Bowl agreeing to amend its contract with the College Football Playoff, the last major hurdle toward an expanded field in 2024 has finally been cleared.

The Granddaddy of Them All was in a unique position to single-handedly delay expansion from 2024 to ’26 had it not stood down on its demand for guarantees to its exclusive New Year’s Day broadcasting window. Now, a formal announcement of expansion from a four-team to a 12-team field for ’24 is expected from the CFP soon.

So how will playoff bids work under the new system? While there are scheduling logistics to iron out, here is how berths will be secured under the unanimously approved a 12-team expanded Playoff from over two months ago:

  • The six highest-ranked conference champions, as determined by the CFP committee, will receive automatic bids.
  • The next six highest-ranked teams will get at-large spots.
  • The four highest-ranked conference champions will receive byes into the quarterfinals.
  • First-round games will be played at the home stadium of the team with the better seed, while quarterfinals and semifinals games will be played in a rotation of the six bowls (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton and Peach).

The current system of four playoff teams will remain in place for the 2023 season. The hope is that expansion will draw in greater interest from around the country after the same handful of teams has dominated the CFP landscape since this format first began in ’14.

Over the eight-year CFP era, six teams have accounted for 25 of the 32 playoff spots (78%). Last year, three of the five power conferences were not represented in the Playoff—the second time that’s happened in the CFP’s eight years. The Pac-12 and Big 12 have combined to qualify six teams for the eight Playoffs—the same amount as the Big Ten. The SEC has qualified 10, while the ACC has earned eight bids.

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Author: Nick Selbe

Elon Musk claims Neuralink is about ‘six months’ away from first human trial

Elon Musk speaking at the Neauralink 2022 event | screenshot from Neuralink

At a ‘show and tell’ event on Wednesday, Elon Musk said that his brain-computer interface company, Neuralink, could implant one of its devices in someone’s head within the next six months — meaning it’s not happening this year. He also claimed that he would get the device implanted in his own head at some point in the future.

During the presentation, Musk said that the company had submitted most of the paperwork needed for a human clinical trial to the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates medical devices in the United States. Previously, Musk had said that he’d hoped for human trials to begin in 2020, and then 2022. Now, that’s slipped to at least 2023.

Neuralink’s goal is to create a device that can be implanted in the brain,…

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Author: Mary Beth Griggs

Valve will give away a free Steam Deck every minute during The Game Awards

A Steam Deck on a white and orange background.
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One more reason to watch The Game Awards this year: Valve has announced it’ll give away a Steam Deck handheld gaming PC every single minute on December 8th. With a likely runtime of 2.5 hours — last year’s ran three — the company’s probably going to be giving away at least 150 Steam Decks.

It’s the highest-end model with 512GB of solid state storage and the anti-glare screen, and all you have to do to win is sign into Steam here on December 8th and watch the show at Steam.TV or at Steam’s 2022 The Game Awards page.

Well, you do also have to be living in the US, UK, Canada, or the EU, specifically these countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary,…

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Author: Sean Hollister