Beginning with the 2014-15 season, college football begins the postseason playoff era. The format: four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a national championship game. The semifinals will rotate among six bowls: Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach, Rose and Sugar. Each semifinal will be played during the New Year’s holiday with the national title game on a Monday night at least a week later.
|• FBS Indepenents — Army, BYU, Navy and Notre Dame — also are eligible for the College Football Playoff.|
|2014-15||Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Dec. 31||Jan. 1||Dec. 31||Dec. 31||Jan. 12|
|2015-16||Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Dec. 31||Dec. 31||Dec. 31||Jan. 1||Jan. 11|
|2016-17||Jan. 2||Jan. 2||Dec. 31||Jan. 2||Dec. 31||Dec. 31||Jan. 9|
|• Bold denotes the bowl playing host to a national championship semifinal game.|