College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Process
The CFP Selection Committee ranks the top 25 teams and selects the four teams to participate in the semifinal games. Then, after the contract bowls are filled based on conference agreements, the Committee will assign teams to fill the remaining New Year’s bowls. Each conference champion from the contract bowls (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC & Pac 12) has a guaranteed spot in its contracted bowl or in another New Year’s bowl (Peach, Fiesta or Cotton) if the contracted bowl is a semifinal game and the conference champion is not selected to participate in a semifinal game. The highest ranked champion from the Mountain West, American, Conference USA, Sun Belt or MAC is guaranteed a spot in a CFP bowl and the remaining spots are filled based on the rankings of teams after the contract bowls have been filled.
College Football Playoff Bowls
CFP National Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.)
New Year’s Contract Bowls
Allstate Sugar – (Big 12 vs. SEC when Sugar is not a semifinal game)
Rose – (Pac 12 vs. Big Ten when Rose is not a semifinal game)
Capital One Orange – (ACC vs. highest ranked SEC/Big Ten non-champion or Notre Dame when Orange is not a semifinal game)
Other New Year’s Bowls
Big 12 CFP Contract Bowl Qualifier
The Big 12 champion will earn the Conference’s automatic berth for its CFP contract bowl slot.
Additional Big 12 Teams in the CFP
If a Big 12 team(s) is rated in the top four of the CFP, it will play in one of the semifinals. This does not affect the Big 12 designee being placed in a CFP New Year’s Bowl if it is not one of the top four teams. There is not a limit on the number of teams from one conference that can be placed in CFP bowls. Additional Big 12 teams may be selected for other CFP New Year’s bowls based on their ranking in the final CFP Poll.
Big 12 Bowl Partners
Once the CFP has filled its bowl slots, Big 12 bowl partners will make selections from the remaining Conference teams. Following is the order of selection. A bowl may pick from any available teams with .500 or better records when it reaches its spot in the selection order. After the placement of those teams, slots will be filled from among the pool of remaining teams.
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*/SERVPRO First Responders Bowl*
* Game is a “flex pick” for seventh selection after CFP.
|Bowl Game||Date / Time (CT)||Site||Matchup||Network|
|Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*||Dec. 22|
|Fort Worth, Texas||Big 12 vs. AAC/C-USA||ESPN|
|SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*||Dec. 28|
|University Park, Texas||Big 12 vs. AAC/ ACC/C-USA||ESPN|
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl||Dec. 28|
|Memphis, Tenn.||Big 12 vs. SEC||ESPN|
|Guaranteed Rate Bowl||Dec. 28|
|Phoenix, Ariz.||Big 12 vs. Big Ten||ESPN|
|Cheez-It Bowl||Dec. 29|
|Orlando, Fla.||Big 12 vs. ACC||ESPN|
|Valero Alamo||Dec. 29|
|San Antonio, Texas||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||ESPN|
|Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl||Dec. 30|
|Texas Bowl||Dec. 31|
|Houston, Texas||Big 12 vs. SEC||ESPN|
|CFP Semifinal – Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic||Dec. 31|
2:30 or 6:30 p.m.
|CFP Semifinal – Capital One Orange Bowl||Dec. 31|
2:30 or 6:30 p.m.
|Miami Gardens, Fla.||CFP||ESPN|
|PlayStation Fiesta Bowl||Jan. 1|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 1|
|Pasadena, Calif.||CFP – Big Ten vs. Pac-12||ESPN|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl||Jan. 1|
|New Orleans, La.||CFP – Big 12 vs. SEC||ESPN|
|PlayStation Fiesta Bowl||Jan. 2|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 10|
|Indianapolis, Ind.||Semifinal Winners||ESPN|
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