College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff Moving Future Dates: 5 Things That Matter

Jan 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Genral view of the College Football Playoff trophy during a press conference at Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Genral view of the College Football Playoff trophy during a press conference at Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


The College Football Playoff will be moving some of the dates around. What are the five things that matter about the big change?


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– The College Football Playoff announced that in years 5, 6, 11 and 12 of the rotation, the games will be moved to Saturdays and holidays to help bring a larger overall audience and make it easier on fans.

“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football, said CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock. “We concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.”

“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better. “

– This season – the 2016-2017 season – the dates will still be as originally set up with the Fiesta and Peach Bowls being played on Saturday, December 31st. Nothing is changing for the 2017-2018 season, either, with the Rose and Sugar played on Monday, January 1st.

Essentially, the next two seasons work out just fine, even without the changes. This year, the CFP games fall on a Saturday, and next season, helped by the Rose Bowl, New Year’s Day works out perfectly.

– 2018-2019 is when the changes start to kick in with the Cotton and Orange Bowls being moved to Saturday, December 29th. The following year changes, too, with the 2019-2020 season’s playoff games – Fiesta and Peach – being played on Saturday, December 28th. The rest of the CFP schedule …

– 2020-21 Friday, January 1. Rose and Sugar
2021-22 Friday, December 31. Orange and one bowl to be determined
2022-23 Saturday, December 31. Bowls TBD
2023-24 Monday, January 1. Rose and Sugar
2024-25 Saturday, December 28. Orange and one bowl to be determined TBD
2025-26 Saturday, December 27 Bowls TBD

The 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 bowl dates are the ones being changed.

What Does This Really Mean? No more whining, college football fans. The CFP heard you, and it heard ESPN while seeing the potential of doing even more for the games and the fans with these minor tweaks. The original idea was to make College Football Playoff synonymous with New Year’s Eve, but these changes should make the CFP grow bigger, stronger, and help get a lot more eyeballs on the biggest games of the season.