Press Release

"College Football Playoff" Will Be Name of New Event

The group in charge of the new college football playoff announced today that the name of the new event will be “College Football Playoff,” and also invited fans, student-athletes, coaches, reporters and everyone else to choose their favorite logo for the event by voting on the playoff’s new website,

“We decided to call the playoff what it is the College Football Playoff. We think the new playoff will be the most dynamic improvement to college football in a generation. Certainly it’s what the fans want. We also invite everyone to vote online to select the logo and help us kick off the new College Football Playoff,” said Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff.

[Style Note: The name "College Football Playoff" will not be abbreviated and "playoff" is singular not plural.]

The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-2015 season and feature the top four teams as chosen by a yet-to-be-named selection committee. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl have already been chosen to host the first national semifinals, which will pair No. 1 versus No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 on January 1, 2015.

The winners of those two games will face off in the first championship game of the playoff era Monday, January 12, 2015. The site for the first championship game will be announced Thursday.

Logo Selection

The new logo for the College Football Playoff will be selected by the public from four finalists, which are displayed on the event’s new Fans can vote once a day for the next six days. The logo receiving the most votes will become the official mark for the event, which will continue at least through the 2025-26 season.

“We are delighted to be able to provide fans the opportunity to participate in this way,” Hancock said. “We know they will enjoy it.”

The winning logo will be announced Monday, April 29, 2013 on the College Football Playoff’s new Facebook and Twitter pages and