The College Football Playoff (CFP) will be played each bowl season to determine the National Champion in FBS Division I college football. The CFP replaces the BCS format that had determined College Football's National Champion since 1998. The CFP includes two semifinal games played at two of six rotating bowl locations, followed by a national championship game. The four teams that play in the College football playoff will be selected by the CFP selection committee at the end of the season. The College Football Playoff selection committee will seed the four teams with #1 playing #4, and #2 playing #3 in semifinal games. The winners of the CFP semifinal games will advance to play each other in the College Football Playoff Championship game. This new CFP starts in the 2014 season and will crown College Football's national champion.
The College Football Playoff is an evolution from the BCS, which crowned a champion in the BCS National Championship Game. The location of the championship game will move around to different CFP host cities, but the national semifinals will rotate among the “New Year’s Six”: Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The four teams to play in the College Football Playoff will be selected by the CFP selection committee. The criterea for deciding the four teams in the CFP will be strength of schedule, head to head wins, and record. The College Football Playoff selection committee consists of 13 members and will rank the top 25 teams in the country 5 times each season, starting the monday after week 8 of the college football schedule. The rankings will be released on the Tuesday after the selection committee votes, with the final vote determining the 4 teams in the CFP.
2016 College Football Playoff preview
With the first chapter closed in the beginning of a new era in College Football, Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, and Florida State joined as contenders in the first ever College Football Playoff. Expectations were exceeded leaving sights set on a new season and start down the road to the 2016 College Football Playoff. The 2015-2016 college football season will come to a close on Monday, January 11 in Glendale, Arizona for the Championship Game but not before two brand new Semifinal games produce their victors. This season the College Football Playoff Semifinals will pit the top four seeds at the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday, December 31, 2015. While Jerry Jones' state of the art AT&T Stadium, home to the Cotton Bowl, garners it's second College Football Playoff related game after showcasing Ohio State and Oregon in the 2015 Championship Game, Miami Gardens, Florida and Sun Life Stadium will make their playoff debut in the Orange Bowl. As last year's playoff favorites Alabama & Oregon showed, getting to the playoff is only half the battle and nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Check back for a preview of the 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinals and see which teams will match up in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.
The two semifinal games of the College Football Playoff will rotate between the "New Year's Six" every year. In the inaugural CFP the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl will hosted the semifinal games between Ohio State-Alabama and Oregon-Florida State. The 2015-2016 CFP semifinals will move to the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl and be played on Tuesday, December 31, 2015. The Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host the CFP semifinal games in 2016-2017. The games will likely be played on New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day. The CFP Championship Game occurring about a week later on Monday night.
The College Football Playoff Championship Game will follow up it's debut at AT&T Stadium in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium. As the home to the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and having hosted a Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, 2 BCS National Championships, and the Fiesta Bowl every year the University of Phoenix Stadium is all too familiar with a championship game atmosphere. The state of the art facility will become the pinnacle of the 2015-2016 season bringing the second College Football Playoff to an end on Monday, January 11 for the 2016 CFP Championship Game.
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What teams will play in the College Football Playoff?
The CFP selection committee will choose the four teams to play in the College Football Playoff. They will seed the teams to determine which teams face each other in the semifinal games. There is no restriction on how many teams could be selected per conference, or which conferences the teams must come from. The criterea for reaching the CFP will be strength of schedule, head to head wins, and record. There are no computer polls in the CFP selection committee and margin of victory is not one of the critera.
Where is the “New Year’s Six”?
The “New Year’s Six” is the name for the six bowl games that will rotate as the CFP semifinal games in the College Football Playoff. They include the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The College Football Playoff committee will select the pairings for all of the games. The name comes from their scheduling, which will likely be three games on New Year’s Eve Day and three games on New Year’s Day. This strategy should insure that all six games contain the best possible matchups.
Who is on the College Football Playoff selection committee?
The current members of the CFP selection committee include Archie Manning, Barry Alvarez, Condoleezza Rice, Dan Radakovich, Jeff Long, Lt Gen Michael Gould, Mike Tranghese, Oliver Luck, Pat Haden, Steve Wieberg, Tom Jernstedt, Tom Osborne, and Tyrone Willingham. Bill Hancock is the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, but not a member of the selection committee.
What is the schedule for the 2016 College Football Playoff?
The CFP semifinal games will be played on Tuesday, December 31, 2015 with one in Arlington, Texas at the Cotton Bowl and the other in Miami Gardens, Florida at the Orange Bowl. The CFP Championship Game will be held the following week on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.