What is the College Football Playoff

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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.

• College Football Playoff: What fans should know | Who’s on the committee | Selection committee criteria

FBS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF: ELIGIBLE CONFERENCES
• FBS Indepenents — Army, BYU, Navy and Notre Dame — also are eligible for the College Football Playoff.
SEMIFINALS HOST ROTATION
YEAR ROSE SUGAR ORANGE COTTON PEACH FIESTA CHAMPIONSHIP
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.

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