PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED:
No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama in the Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. To view more information on the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, click here.
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson in the Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. To view more information on the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, click here.
NEW YEAR'S BOWL PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED:
Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 6 Michigan
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Playoff Semifinal): No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Playoff Semifinal): No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson
Goodyear Cotton Bowl: No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: No. 9 Southern California vs. No. 5 Penn State
Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
FINAL TOP 25 ANNOUNCED:
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The final selection committee rankings of 2016 will be released on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. At this time, the selection committee will announce Playoff Semifinal matchups, New Year’s bowl pairings, and the final Top 25 exclusively via College Football Playoff Selection Day programming on ESPN.
The “New Year’s Six” bowls are the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach, Rose and Sugar Bowls. Two semifinal games rotate annually among these six bowls. In 2016-17, the six games will take place December 30, December 31 and January 2. The Playoff Semifinals will be December 31 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Pairings for Playoff Semifinals
The College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee will announce the final top 25 rankings of the season on Sunday, December 4, and matchups for the new year’s six bowls will be made that day. The team ranked No. 1 by the selection committee will play team No. 4. Team No. 2 will meet team No. 3. The selection committee will assign the games to the two bowls, taking into account the most advantageous sites for the top two seeds. The top-seeded team will have the advantage.
Pairings for New Year’s Bowls
The Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (the “contract bowls”) will then make their pairings. In years when they are not hosting semifinals, such as this year, those three bowls make their own pairings outside the playoff arrangement. Generally, they will take the champion of their contracted conferences. If a conference champion qualifies for the playoff, the bowl will then choose a replacement from that conference.
Orange Bowl: ACC vs. SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame
Rose Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Sugar Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12
Then the CFP selection committee will assign teams to the Cotton Bowl. Those two teams will be (1) the highest ranked champion from the “group of five” conferences and (2) the highest ranked team not selected for the semifinals or the contract bowls.
Pairings for Other Bowl Games Outside the New Year’s Six
Once the matchups for the Playoff Semifinals and New Year’s bowls are selected, the conferences and their respective bowl partners will determine matchups for the other bowl games.
To view the 2016 College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings, please click here.
To view the selection committee protocol, click here.