College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff Semifinal and New Year’s Bowl Games

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

November 17, 2016

CFP Nat Champ 2016_9-3.jpgIt’s almost that time of year! College Football Playoff Selection Day is right around the corner, which means soon we will find out which teams are headed to the playoff and which teams are assigned to the remaining bowl games.

Before we dive into the bowl game schedule, let’s take a look at how the participants in the bowls are determined.

How the Bowl Games Work

Two College Football Playoff semifinal games rotate annually among the Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

Both participants in the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls are contracted outside the playoff arrangement. The Rose Bowl hosts the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions; the Sugar Bowl hosts the SEC and Big 12 champions; and the Orange Bowl hosts the ACC champion versus the highest ranked available team from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame.

CFP Nat Champ 2016_6-1.jpgIf a conference champion makes it to the playoff semifinal games, then the bowl chooses a replacement from that same conference. When those specific bowls host the semifinal games and their contracted conference champions do not qualify, the displaced champions play in one of the other New Year’s bowls.

The Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls host displaced conferences champions and the top-ranked champion from a non-contract conference. Keep in mind, this only applies when these bowls are not hosting semifinals. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee decides the pairings of the games, which are announced on Selection Day.

Learn more about the bowl games here

Selection Committee

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has the responsibility of:

  • Ranking the top 25 teams and assigning the top four to semifinal sites.
  • Assigning teams to New Year’s bowls.
  • Creating competitive matchups.
  • Attempting to avoid rematches of regular-season games and repeat appearances in specific bowls.
  • Considering geography.

2016-2017 Bowl Game Schedule & Locations

Capital One Orange Bowl

December 30, 2016 | 8:00 p.m. ET

ACC versus the highest ranked available team from the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame.

The Capital One Orange Bowl will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl

December 31, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. ET

Playoff Semifinal

The Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Playstation Fiesta Bowl

December 31, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. ET

Playoff Semifinal

The Playstation Fiesta Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

January 2, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. ET

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

January 2, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. ET

Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences

The Rose Bowl will be held at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Allstate Sugar Bowl

January 2, 2017 | 8:30 p.m. ET

SEC and Big 12 Conferences

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

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