Every Game Counts

The Playoff preserves the excitement and significance of college football’s unique regular season where every game counts.

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Teams

The Selection Committee ranks the teams based on championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents and other factors.

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Days

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day belong to college football, with two semifinal games and four other top bowl games continuing a wonderful tradition.

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Goal

The two teams winning the playoff semifinals compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship. This game is in a different city each year, always on a Monday night.

Universal Access

Every FBS team has equal access to the College Football Playoff based on its performance. No team automatically qualifies.

More Revenue

The format increases revenue for all conferences and independent institutions.

Governance

University presidents and chancellors from all 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame serve on the CFP Board of Managers and govern the administrative operations, with commissioners (the Management Committee) managing the event. A small staff in the playoff office in Irving, Texas, carries out the detailed responsibilities.

Selection Committee

A talented group of high-integrity individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, college administrators and journalists, along with sitting athletics directors, comprise the Selection Committee. Members of the committee are: Jeff Long (chair), Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Kirby Hocutt, Tom Jernstedt, Bobby Johnson, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

New Year's Bowls

Both participants in the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls are contracted outside the playoff arrangement (Big Ten and Pac-12 to Rose Bowl; SEC and Big 12 to Sugar Bowl; ACC to Orange Bowl against the highest ranked available team from the SEC, Big Ten and Notre Dame). If a conference champion qualifies for the playoff, then the bowl will choose a replacement from that conference. When those bowls host the semifinals and their contracted conference champions do not qualify, then the dis­placed champion(s) will play in one of the other New Year’s bowls.

When not hosting semifinals, the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls will welcome displaced conference champions and the top-ranked champion from a non-contract conference. The highest-ranked available teams will fill any other berths. The selection committee will make the pairings.

College Football Playoff Schedule

2015-2016

  • Peach

    Dec
    31
  • Orange

    Semifinal

    Dec
    31
  • Cotton

    Semifinal

    Dec
    31
  • Fiesta

    Jan
    1
  • Sugar

    Jan
    1
  • Rose

    Jan
    1

2016-2017

  • Orange

    Dec
    30
  • Peach

    Semifinal

    Dec
    31
  • Fiesta

    Semifinal

    Dec
    31
  • Sugar

    Jan
    2
  • Rose

    Jan
    2
  • Cotton

    Jan
    2

View the chronology of the College Football Playoff