The format is simple: the best four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a championship game played in a different city each year.
A group of individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, collegiate administrators and journalists, along with sitting athletics directors, comprise the selection committee. The group will meet in person several times each year.
The selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on body of work, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents, championships won and other factors.
Fans will enjoy back-to-back triple headers. Two semifinals and four other premier bowl games will be played on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Semifinal games will rotate among six different bowls
extending the experience to more fans. The championship game will be on a Monday night every year.
The Management Committee will select cities to host the National Championship Game. A city can host a bowl game and the championship game in the same year. A city, cannot, however, host a semifinal and championship game in the same year.
Every FBS team will have equal access to the playoff based on its performance. No team will qualifty automatically.
The FBS conferences will manage the College Football Playoff. University presidents and chancellors from the 10 leagues and Notre Dame form the Board of Managers and will govern the administrative operations, with commissioners (the Management Committee) and managing the event with guidance from an advisory group of athletics directors.
In addition to creating a four-team playoff, the new postseason structure preserves the best regular season in sports and protects America's rich bowl tradition.
|Bowl Game||Date / Time (CT)||Site||Matchup||Network|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||TBA||Orlando, Fla.||Big 12 vs. ACC||ESPN|
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl||Dec. 29
|Memphis, Tenn.||Big 12 vs. SEC||ESPN|
|AdvoCare Texas Bowl||Dec. 29
|Houston, Texas||Big 12 vs. SEC||ESPN|
|Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl||Dec. 31
|Atlanta, Ga.||At-Large vs At-Large||ESPN|
|Fiesta Bowl||Dec. 31
|Glendale, Ariz.||At-Large vs At-Large||ESPN|
|AT&T Cotton Bowl||Jan. 1
|Arlington, Texas||At-Large vs. At-Large||ESPN|
|Rose Bowl Game||Jan. 1
|Pasadena, Calif||CFB Semifinal||ESPN|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl||Jan. 1
|New Orleans, La.||CFB Semifinal||ESPN|
|Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl||Jan. 2
|Fort Worth, Texas||Big 12 vs. AAC||ESPN|
|Valero Alamo Bowl||Jan. 2
|San Antonio, Texas||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||ESPN|
|Cactus Bowl||Jan. 2
|Tempe, Ariz.||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||ESPN|
|CFB National Championship||Jan. 12
|Arlington, Texas||Semifinal Winners||ESPN|