What You Need to Know About College Football Playoff

By Victoria Barnett

September 24, 2015

College Football Playoff was quite the success in 2014-2015, and now we get to experience it all over again! We are already a few weeks into the college football season, so we think it’s a good idea for you to brush up on your knowledge of College Football Playoff.

Take a look below at some quick facts you should know including how the process works, location and times of events, and how you can be there in 2016.

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of 13 people who will rank the top 25 teams in the country from among the ten FBS conferences and four FBS independents and assign the top four to semifinal sites.

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.

How the Teams Are Determined

The Selection Committee uses a process to rank the teams based on conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents and other relevant factors that affect a team’s performance.

Read more about how the selection process works.

Can a team automatically qualify for the playoff?

No. Every FBS team has equal opportunity and is looked at based on performance.

Four Teams

Four teams are selected to go to the playoff. The No. 1 team plays the No. 4 team in the semifinals. The No. 2 team plays the No. 3 team.

Bowl Games

The Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl will serve as the two semifinal games. The Orange Bowl will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Dec. 31. The Cotton Bowl will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 31.

Other bowl games include: Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1), Rose Bowl (Jan. 1), Peach Bowl (Dec. 31) and Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1).

The Trophy

The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy features a focused football at the center of the base that rises to form an actual-size ball. The trophy and base together stand at three feet high and weigh 23 pounds. The trophy is handmade from 24k gold, bronze and stainless steel.

Calendar for the 2015 Rankings

  • November 3, 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • November 10, 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • November 17, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • November 24, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • December 1, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • December 6, Noon ET on ESPN (Selection Day and Playoff Semifinal teams announced)

2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Highlights

  • More than 33 million Americans watched the National Championship game in 2015
  • Sellout crowds at all three playoff games
  • Named Sports Event of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal
  • 85,689 in attendance at AT&T Stadium
  • Highest-rated college football game ever on Spanish language TV
  • More than 118 million people participated in social media in relation to the game

When is the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship?

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Where is the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship?

The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

How is the location determined?

The site of the College Football Playoff National Championship is decided through a bid system. The city should demonstrate that it has the necessary facilities, transportation, etc. Next year, Tampa Bay will host the National Championship.

How long is the College Football Playoff contract?

College Football Playoff is contracted for 12 years, through 2025-26.

College Football Playoff Premium

Playoff Premium packages include tickets, hospitality and hotel accommodations. Enjoy pregame hospitality access which includes a full premium menu, top-shelf open bar, collegiate football legends appearances and other interactive entertainment elements. Some packages also include exclusive perks such as the opportunity to get on the field after the game.

You can also receive VIP extras: Official College Football Playoff gift bag, merchandise coupon, Official game program voucher and Preferred Playoff Premium stadium parking.  

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