On December 31st, the second year of the College Football Playoffs will take place at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, and the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The two winners will then play in the College Football National Championship in Glendale, Arizona on January 11th.
The College Football Playoff (CFB) is an annual postseason tournament in American college football for the NCAA Division I FBS teams. Four teams play in two semifinal games, and the winners advance to the College Football National Championship.
This will be the second year of the playoff and the four top teams are decided by a 13-member committee. The CFB Playoff differs from the previous system, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which used computer rankings to select the two teams to play in the National Championship.
- The television broadcast rights to the playoff games are owned by ESPN through the 2025 season, a deal worth over $7.3 billion.
- The committee members include one current athletic director from each of the five “major” conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) among others.
- The committee meets in person 10 times throughout the season at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas to determine the rankings.
- The 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship had an 18.9 Nielsen rating and was watched by 33.4 million people, making it the largest broadcast audience of all time on American cable television.
Bill Hancock-College Football Playoff Executive Director
“We just finished the site selection for the next three years. Three cities were selected out of a group of nine including Atlanta, the Bay Area, and New Orleans.”
“We don’t know who the final two teams will be at the end. We don’t even know which four teams are coming, but it’s a very exciting time for us and our staff.”
Brad Wright-Arizona Organizing Committee Director
“We saw how amazing the National Championship was in Dallas last year, and we’re ready to make this something special. This is going to be a four-day celebration of college football, and there’s going to be something for everybody.”
Jeff Long-Chairman of the selection committee
“We don’t go into the hypothetical situations you hear discussed on radio and television. Our committee is just anxious to watch these teams and rate them and we will decide the best four teams as we are charged to do.”