Forget the complicated algorithms of the Bowl Championship Series (a.k.a. BCS system), because the NCAA is leaving it up to the teams to decide the title of undisputed National Champion on the gridiron! The College Football Playoff will pit the best four teams in the country against each other in a single-elimination bracket, with semifinals taking place at a familiar bowl game site. Fans are already unwaveringly loyal to their teams, so can you imagine all the intensity that a postseason will bring? Which schools will the 13-person College Football Selection Committee select for the “New Years Six”? Who will survive the semifinals and win the national title and CFP Trophy? Buy your College Football Playoff tickets now and witness history unfold right before your eyes!
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College Football Playoff 2016-2017 News and Updates
1/5/16 - This first half of this year’s College Football Playoff was anything but a disappointment. Originally predicted to lose the game, Clemson came out big against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, beating them with a final score of 37-17. The Tigers are now 14-0 and are set to move on to the final round to face Alabama, who thrashed Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl with a final score of 38-0. The shutout proved that the Crimson Tide are truly deserving of their spot in college football’s elite. They will be playing for their fourth title in seven years in Monday’s game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Tickets for the big game are on sale now for $71 and up.
12/29/15 - It’s that time of year: College Football Playoff time! The road to the BCS Championship game starts today, on New Year’s Eve. The four teams vying for a trip to Glendale, AZ are Clemson, Oklahoma, Michigan State, and Alabama. We’ll see Clemson take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, followed by the matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Each game is sure to be an epic battle, so be sure to get your tickets and catch every action-packed minute. Tickets to the Cotton Bowl currently start at $52 while tickets to the Orange Bowl start at $29. With prices like those, you can’t afford not to go!
12/24/15 - It’s only been in effect for two seasons now, but the College Football Playoff format is already being looked at from all different angles. As in 2015, the debate centered on those bubble teams left out in the cold due to the limited four-team format. However, the coach of the school most affected in 2016—Kirk Farentz of the fifth-place Iowa Hawkeyes—believes that the system is a good one and should remain as-is. Asked his feelings on so narrowly missing out, he conceded that the Hawks had their opportunity but ultimately came up “three points short”. The College Football Playoff kicks off on New Year’s Eve with Clemson-Oklahoma and Alabama-Michigan State—grab your tickets today!
12/15/15 - Fans are bracing for a thrilling start to 2016, as the second annual College Football Playoff gets underway on New Year’s Day! The first round will feature both the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl, pitting the game’s top teams head-to-head in search of the true no. 1 squad in the land. The No. 4 Sooners remain the dark horse in this year’s competition, with powerhouse Alabama favored by most to take home the trophy they came so close to in 2015. Tickets are on sale now for first-round games in Miami and Arlington—don’t miss out on your chance to be there for college football’s most exciting matchups of the season! The College Football Playoff is just around the corner!
12/7/15 - The final CFP rankings are in! Undefeated Clemson (#1) finishes the regular season on top and will play Oklahoma (#4) on NYE in the Orange Bowl playoff semifinal. Clemson escaped North Carolina in a high-scoring ACC Championship game while Oklahoma had the weekend off. As a result the Sooners dropped a spot in the playoff rankings. The second CFP semifinal features Alabama (#2) vs Michigan State (#3) in Arlington at the Cotton Bowl. Bama soundly defeated Florida in the SEC Championship and Michigan State scored a last-minute TD to win the Big Ten over Iowa.
12/4/15 - This year's College Football Playoff pairings will be announced on Sunday, December 7th. The top four teams will meet on New Year's Eve at the Orange Bowl in Miami and Cotton Bowl in Dallas with the two winners advancing to the CFP Championship game in Glendale, AZ on January 11th. Current playoff rankings have Clemson #1, Alabama #2, Oklahoma #3 and Iowa #4. Oklahoma is pretty much a lock after beating Oklahoma State last weekend. The winner of the Big Ten Championship between Michigan State and Iowa will earn a spot. If Alabama and Clemson win the SEC Championship and ACC Championship respectively on Saturday they'll round out the four. Should either lose, however, it could open the door for Ohio State or even Stanford. Stay tuned for the latest College Football Playoff updates and ticket information.
12/1/15 - Largely unchanged from the week previous, the current College Football Playoff picture is set and places big importance on the Big 10 title game this weekend. The Clemson Tigers currently lead all CFP-ranked squads, ahead of No. 2 Alabama with Oklahoma and Iowa rounding out the field. The Michigan State Spartans will look to upset the Hawkeyes this weekend in hopes of landing the fourth and final playoff spot, adding to the massive intrigue surrounding this weekend in NCAA football. Tickets for the Cotton and Orange Bowls are on sale now to decide the eventual CFP finalists! Get your tickets today as low as $63 for AT&T Stadium and $223 for action at Sun Life Stadium!
12/7/14 - It's official: Alabama (1), Oregon (2), Florida State (3) and Ohio State (4) earned the top 4 spots in the College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama will play Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, while Oregon will play Florida State in the Rose Bowl. Both games are College Football Playoff semifinals, and the winners will meet in the College Football Championship game. Ohio State had the most impressive win of the weekend, dismantling Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship last night. The Buckeyes needed a dominant performance to leap the Horned Frogs in the CFP rankings. Both Big 12 teams, TCU and Baylor, are left on the outside looking in.
12/5/14 - Sunday is the day and the air of anticipation is strong. The College Football Playoff selection committee is roughly 36 hours away from making their first historic announcement of the four teams which will face off in the first ever FBS playoff system.
12/2/14 - Holy jumpin’ Horned Frogs! When the latest College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday evening, fans of Florida State and Texas Christian were in for a surprise, as FSU, still undefeated, found themselves on the bubble in fourth place, behind Alabama, Oregon, and new No. 3 TCU.
11/25/14 - With the new College Football Playoff rankings out, the top seven – including top four Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State – remain unchanged; the biggest drop comes from Ole Miss, who went from No. 8 to No. 19 after losing to Arkansas over the weekend. The CFP also welcomes not one, but two Group of Five members for the first time, as Boise State (No. 23) and Marshall (No. 24) crack the poll.
11/17/14 - So what will it be tomorrow night when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are released? Does Florida State return to No. 1? How far does Mississippi State fall? Did Ohio State do enough to move closer to the top four? Will the nation’s OTHER undefeated FBS squad – the Marshall Thundering Herd – FINALLY get some respect? Stay tuned.
11/11/14 - The latest College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the Top Four this week are Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State and Texas Christian. Ohio State moves into the Top Ten at No. 8; while the third and final remaining FBS undefeated school, Marshall, remains unranked despite a 9-0 record.
So long Bowl Championship Series, hello College Football Playoffs! It’s time for a crash course in the NCAA’s latest and greatest system that will determine College Football’s undisputed national champion. At the close of the regular season, four of the nation’s top teams will be picked by a 13-person selection committee, comprised of former coaches, commissioners, athletic directors and the like. From there, the top four teams in the country will decide their own destiny out on the gridiron—no computers, no calculations, just football.
Semifinals will be held at the Rose and Sugar Bowl in 2015, where the No.1 team will play the No. 4 and the second-ranked will face the third-ranked team. Semifinals locations will be determined on six-bowl rotation, with the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl hosting in 2016, followed by the Fiesta and Peach (Chick-fil-A) Bowl in 2017. Bowl games that are not involved in the College Football Playoff for that season will instead hold major match-ups as determined by the selection committee, who will pair eight teams based on competitiveness and geography.
The two semifinal games and four bowl matches will be known as the “New Years Six.” Three games will take place on New Year’s Eve, and three more will play out for a New Year’s Day triple header. Two teams will emerge from the semifinals and go all-or-nothing in the National Championship Game. Much like the NFL’s Super Bowl, cities across the nation will make their bid at hosting the coveted National Championship Game. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host this season’s inaugural game on January 12, 2015. You wanted it, and now you've got it. Make sure you take part in the NCAA's first-ever playoff style tournament with College Football Playoff tickets now!