We are slowly breaking ground on what the 2014 college football playoff is going to look like. According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, there will be six access bowls and the highest rated champion from a non-automatic qualifying conference will earn an automatic bid for a playoff spot.
New playoff format: 6 access bowls; highest rated champ from "Group of 5" gets automatic bid. Official announcement shortly— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 12, 2012
This means that teams from the C-USA, Big East, MWC, MAC and Sun Belt have all received an early Christmas gift, as the little guy will no longer be kept out of the conversation.
Now the question is, which teams does this benefit the most?
Of course, every smaller program will now have a shot, but there are some teams that should be grinning a little more than others.
Here are five teams that can now make a serious playoff run thanks to these new rules in place.