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.
2015 College Football Playoff preview
The 2015 College Football Playoff championship game will be played on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff time has not yet been set. It will be televised by ESPN. The inaugural College Football Playoff will begin following the 2014 season. The two CFP semifinal games are being played at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The College Football Playoff national championship game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (just outside Dallas).
The Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl will host the inaugural CFP semifinal games. Then in 2015-2016 the CFP semifinals will move to the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl. 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.
This is the first time that AT&T Stadium has hosted the college football playoff championship game. The stadium formerly known as Cowboys Stadium is in Arlington, Texas which is just minutes from downtown Dallas. The capacity for college football is near 80,000 fans, but the stadium can expand further by offering Standing Room Only tickets. AT&T Stadium is a modern facility, built in 2009, and has terrific football sight lines.
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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 2015 College Football Playoff?
The CFP semifinal games will be played on New Year’s Day in 2015, one in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl and the other in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl. The CFP Championship Game will be held on January 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.