College football fans everywhere are excited about the upcoming changes to the sports post-season. The new College Football Playoff will start in the 2014-15 season. Here is how the playoff is expected to work:
A selection committee will pick and seed the four teams that will participate in the playoff. The group in charge of the College Football Playoff has yet to determine how the selection committee will be structured, but are currently expected to use the following criteria to determine the four teams: regular season performance, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and championships won.
Semifinal Rotation & Games
The semifinal games will rotate between the following six bowls:
- Sugar Bowl
- Rose Bowl
- Orange Bowl
- Cotton Bowl
- Chick-fil-A Bowl
- Fiesta Bowl
When the bowl is not the site of a semifinal game, it will be the location of four matchups for eight other teams.
Each year, the semifinal games will take place during the New Year’s holiday. One semifinal game will match the #1 seed against the #4 seed and the other will be between the #2 seed and #3 seed. The winners will advance to the National Championship Game.
National Championship Game
The National Championship Game will take place at least a week after the semifinal games on a Monday night. Each year, a different U.S. city will be selected to host the National Championship Game.
First College Football Playoff
The first College Football Playoff is only 600 days away. The Sugar Bowl played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Rose Bowl held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California will host the semifinal games on Thursday, January 1st for the 2014-15 season. The National Championship Game will take place on Monday, January 12th in Arlington, Texas at Cowboys Stadium.
To learn more about the College Football Playoff, visit their website: http://www.collegefootballplayoff.com/.