College Football Playoff National Championship Article

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College Football Playoff
National Championship
College Football Nat'l Championship logo.svg
Conference tie-insWinners of the CFP semi-final bowls
Preceded by BCS National Championship Game ( 19982013)
Bowl Alliance ( 199597)
Bowl Coalition ( 199294)
2017 season matchup
Alabama vs. Georgia ( Alabama 26–23)
2018 season matchup
Teams TBD ( January 7, 2019)

The College Football Playoff National Championship is a post-season college football bowl game, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which began play in the 2014 college football season. [1] The game serves as the final of the College Football Playoff, a bracket tournament between the top four teams in the country as determined by a selection committee, which was established as a successor to the Bowl Championship Series and its similar BCS National Championship Game. Unlike the BCS championship, the participating teams in the College Football Playoff National Championship are determined by two semi-final bowls—hosted by two of the consortium's six member bowls yearly—and the top two teams as determined by the selection committee do not automatically advance to the game in lieu of other bowls. This has caused a unique side effect in that, since the inception of the playoff, no #1 seed has won the National Championship.

The game is played at a neutral site, determined through bids by prospective host cities (similar to the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four). When announcing it was soliciting bids for the 2016 and 2017 title games, playoff organizers noted that the bids must propose host stadiums with a capacity of at least 65,000 spectators, [2] and cities cannot host both a semi-final game and the title game in the same year. [3]

The winner of the game is awarded a new championship trophy instead of the "crystal football", which has been given by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) since 1986; officials wanted a new trophy that was unconnected with the previous BCS championship system. [4] The inaugural game was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in January 2015, and was won by Ohio State. [5] The awarded trophy, College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, is sponsored by Dr Pepper. [6]

Future sites

The number of cities capable of bidding for the event is restricted by the 65,000-seat stadium minimum. In addition to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, which was the other finalist for the 2015 matchup, [7] the stadium restriction would limit the bidding to cities such as New Orleans, Glendale, and Pasadena. [2] Other possible future hosts include Orlando, San Antonio, or almost any city with a National Football League franchise, since all but three of the stadiums in that league meet the capacity requirements and, unlike the Super Bowl, there is no de jure restriction on climate. Officials in New York City said they would like to host the game at Yankee Stadium, which hosts the annual Pinstripe Bowl, but it falls short of the attendance limit as it only holds approximately 54,000 fans in its football configuration (a game could still be hosted in the New York metropolitan area, but it would have to be at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey). [2] [3]

On December 16, 2013, host selections for the 2016 and 2017 title games were announced. Glendale, Arizona ( University of Phoenix Stadium) was selected to host the 2016 game and Tampa, Florida ( Raymond James Stadium) was selected to host the 2017 game. Four cities had submitted bids for the 2016 game: Glendale, Jacksonville ( EverBank Field), New Orleans ( Mercedes-Benz Superdome), and Tampa. Six metropolitan areas had been vying for the 2017 game: Tampa, the San Francisco Bay Area ( Levi's Stadium), Minneapolis ( U.S. Bank Stadium), San Antonio ( Alamodome), South Florida ( Hard Rock Stadium), and Jacksonville. [8]

The hosts for the 2019 and 2020 games were announced on November 4, 2015. [9]

The hosts for the 2021 through 2024 games were announced November 1, 2017. [10]

Since cities hosting College Football Playoff semifinal games cannot host the championship game in the same year, Pasadena and New Orleans were not eligible for the 2018 game; South Florida and Arlington could not host in 2019; and Glendale and Atlanta were excluded from 2020 consideration. The same exclusions rotate every three years through 2026. [11]

College Football Playoff National Championship results

For previous championship game results, see BCS National Championship Game (1998–2013), Bowl Alliance (1995–1997), and Bowl Coalition (1992–1994).
Season Date Winner Score Loser Site MVP
2014 January 12, 2015 4 Ohio State
Big Ten Champions
42–20 2 Oregon
Pac-12 Champions
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Ezekiel Elliott (offense)
Tyvis Powell (defense)
2015 January 11, 2016 2 Alabama
SEC Champions
45–40 1 Clemson
ACC Champions
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
O. J. Howard (offense)
Eddie Jackson (defense)
2016 January 9, 2017 2 Clemson
ACC Champions
35–31 1 Alabama
SEC Champions
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Deshaun Watson (offense)
Ben Boulware (defense)
2017 January 8, 2018 4 Alabama
SEC West Runner Up
3 Georgia
SEC Champions
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Tua Tagovailoa (offense)
Da'Ron Payne (defense)
2018 January 7, 2019 TBD TBD TBD Levi's Stadium
Santa Clara, California
2019 January 13, 2020 TBD TBD TBD Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
2020 January 11, 2021 TBD TBD TBD Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
2021 January 10, 2022 TBD TBD TBD Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
2022 January 9, 2023 TBD TBD TBD Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park
Inglewood, California
2023 January 8, 2024 TBD TBD TBD NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas

Records by team

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win Pct Title season(s)
3 Alabama 2 1 .667 2015, 2017
2 Clemson 1 1 .500 2016
1 Ohio State 1 0 1.000 2014
1 Oregon 0 1 .000
1 Georgia 0 1 .000

Records by conference

Conference Appearances Wins Losses Win Pct # Teams Team(s) Title seasons
SEC 4 2 2 .500 2 Alabama (2–1)
Georgia (0–1)
2015, 2017
ACC 2 1 1 .500 1 Clemson (1–1) 2016
Big Ten 1 1 0 1.000 1 Ohio State (1–0) 2014
Pac-12 1 0 1 .000 1 Oregon (0–1)

Note: Conference affiliations are contemporaneous with the game, which may differ from the current alignment.



Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
January 12, 2015 ESPN Chris Fowler Kirk Herbstreit Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi
January 11, 2016 ESPN Chris Fowler Kirk Herbstreit Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi
January 9, 2017 ESPN Chris Fowler Kirk Herbstreit Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi
January 8, 2018 ESPN Chris Fowler Kirk Herbstreit Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi
January 7, 2019 ESPN Chris Fowler Kirk Herbstreit Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi


Date Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
January 12, 2015 ESPN Radio Mike Tirico Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe and Joe Schad
January 11, 2016 ESPN Radio Mike Tirico Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe and Joe Schad
January 9, 2017 ESPN Radio Sean McDonough Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe and Ian Fitzsimmons
January 8, 2018 ESPN Radio Sean McDonough Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe and Ian Fitzsimmons
January 7, 2019 ESPN Radio Sean McDonough Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe and Ian Fitzsimmons

Local radio

Date Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
January 12, 2015 KUGN ( Oregon)
WBNS-AM/ FM ( Ohio State)
Jerry Allen
Paul Keels
Mike Jorgensen
Jim Lachey

Marty Bannister
January 11, 2016 WFFN/ WTSK ( Alabama)
WCCP-FM ( Clemson)
Eli Gold
Don Munson
Phil Savage
Rodney Williams
Chris Stewart
Michael Palmer
January 9, 2017 WCCP-FM ( Clemson)
WFFN/WTSK ( Alabama)
Don Munson
Eli Gold
Rodney Williams
Phil Savage
Michael Palmer
Chris Stewart
January 8, 2018 WFFN/WTSK ( Alabama)
WSB ( Georgia)
Eli Gold
Scott Howard
Phil Savage
Eric Zeier
Chris Stewart
Chuck Dowdle

See also


  1. ^ Wolken, Dan (25 April 2013). "Questions and answers for the College Football Playoff". USA Today. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Jerry Hinnen (August 7, 2013). "CFB playoff opens bidding for 2016, '17 championship games". Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Brett McMurphy (July 26, 2013). "More bids on future title game sites". Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Dennis Dodd (July 23, 2013). "New College Football Playoff will reportedly feature a new trophy". Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Arlington to host title game". ESPN. January 7, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Anthony Crupi (March 25, 2014). "ESPN Inks Dr Pepper as First Mega-Sponsor of the College Football Playoff Series". Adweek. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  7. ^ Chuck Carlton (April 23, 2013). "Sources: Cowboys Stadium to land 2014 college football national title game on Wednesday". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Eight Communities Submit Bids to Host College Football National Championship Game in 2016 and 2017, College Football Playoff, September 30, 2013
  9. ^ Alex Scarborough (November 4, 2015). "Atlanta, Santa Clara, New Orleans land CFP title games for 2018–20". Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Charlotte Carroll (November 1, 2017). "College Football Playoff Announces Site for 2021-2024 National Championship Games". Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Brett McMurphy (Sep 19, 2013). "Cities to bid on '16, '17 title games".

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