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In order to shorten the time between the semifinals and the national championship game, the CFP management committee voted on Thursday to move the title game from Jan. 13, 2025 to Jan. 6. In 2026, the game has been moved from Jan. 12 to Jan. 5. Over the next nine years, there is only one year now in which there will be a two-week gap between the semifinals and national title game and that's in 2020 because of conflicts with contracts for events in New Orleans. "We just think it's better this way," CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. "Teams don't go 16 days between games during the season."

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer

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Wolverines in Vatican City.

The team paid a visit to the pope, who was presented a gift from Ann Arbor.

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There are absolutely no signs of the College Football Playoff expanding anytime soon. I have asked every member of the CFP management committee - all 10 FBS commissioners and ND AD Jack Swarbrick -- if they they are still in favor of a four-team playoff and the answer was a resounding, unanimous "yes." Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he is "fully supportive," Swarbrick said "yes, strongly." Another topic you can put to rest is any notion of the Group of 5 splitting off to form its own championship. It's an idea that is scoffed at by the sport's decision-makers. In January, at the national title game, MWC commissioner Craig Thompson told me, "We have no traction in our league at all. I wouldn't say ridiculous, but what's an adjective that's close to that?"

Heather Dinich, ESPN Senior Writer

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ESPN's Aschoff gives officiating a try.

Edward Aschoff takes a break from his reporting duties to be a guest referee at Georgia's spring game.

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