Press Release

Future Playoff Semifinals Will Be On Saturdays And Holidays

IRVING, Texas – Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), today announced a shift in scheduling to the semifinal games in years 5, 6, 11 and 12 of the rotation.

With this adjustment, all semifinals games will be played on Saturdays or holidays.

“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” said Hancock.

“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better.  These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much.  For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”

Hancock pointed out that the semifinals do remain on one weekday New Year’s Eve—Friday, December 31, 2021—which will be the federally observed New Year’s holiday.

Here are the dates of the future semifinals (asterisks indicate years when the schedule has been changed):


Saturday, December 31Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl


Monday, January 1Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl


Saturday, December 29Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl


Saturday, December 28Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl


Friday, January 1Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl


Friday, December 31Orange Bowl and Bowl TBD


Saturday, December 31Bowls TBD


Monday, January 1Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl


Saturday, December 28Orange Bowl and Bowl TBD


Saturday, December 27Bowls TBD

As noted above, the semifinals will be played in the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls at least through 2025-26. The CFP expects to determine the other semifinals sites for the 2021-22 season and thereafter some time in 2018.