College Football Playoffs Announced, 2020 Bowl Game Schedule

The College Football Playoff (CFP) committee announced its final rankings Sunday afternoon, which included the top four teams that advance to the playoff for the national championship. The Alabama Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team, followed by No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4

The college playoff semifinals will be played in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2021, and the national championship will be January 11, 2021 in Miami. (Note: The Rose Bowl will be played in Arlington, Texas this year)

CFP Semifinal #1
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One
No.1 Alabama vs No. 4 Notre Dame
AT&T Stadium • Arlington, Texas
5 p.m. • ESPN

CFP Semifinal #2
Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 2 Clemson vs No. 3 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Superdome • New Orleans, Louisiana
8:45 p.m. • ESPN

Alabama Crimson Tide Football
Mac Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a rush by Najee Harris #22 against the Florida Gators during the second half of the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. After a review, it was determined Harris had scored a touchdown. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Here is the committee's final ranking (of 1-6) and up-to-date bowl pairings:

  1. Alabama (11-0)
  2. Clemson (10-1)
  3. Ohio State (6-0)
  4. Notre Dame (10-1)
  5. Texas A&M (8-1)
  6. Oklahoma (8-2)
  7. Florida (8-3)
  8. Cincinnati (9-0)
  9. Georgia (7-2)
  10. Iowa State (8-3)
  11. Indiana (6-1)
  12. Coastal carolina (11-1)
  13. North Carolina (8-3)
  14. Northwestern (6-2)
  15. Iowa (6-2)
  16. BYU (10-1)
  17. USC (5-1)
  18. Miami (8-2)
  19. Louisiana (9-1)
  20. Texas (6-3)
  21. Oklahoma State (7-3)
  22. San Jose State (7-0)
  23. N.C. State (8-3)
  24. Tulsa (6-2)
  25. Oregon (4-2)

Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the CFP rankings 23 times now, more than all other teams combined at 19 times ranked at the top spot.

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games—the Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl Game.

This season's Playoff Semifinals will take place Friday, January 1, 2021, at the Rose Bowl Game and the Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 11, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Last season's NFL Super Bowl was played at Hard Rock Stadium.

Here are the Bowl Pairings for the 2020 season (all times ET). They will be unveiled throughout Sunday afternoon. Keep this page bookmarked to see updated pairings.


Monday, December 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Appalachian State vs North Texas
Brooks Stadium • Conway, South Carolina
2:30 p.m. • ESPN


Tuesday, December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Tulane vs Nevada
Albertsons Stadium • Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m. • ESPN

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl
UCF vs BYU
FAU Stadium • Boca Raton, Florida
7 p.m. • ESPN


Wednesday, December 23

R+L Carriers Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome • New Orleans, Louisiana
3 p.m. • ESPN

Montgomery Bowl
Memphis vs Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, Alabama
7 p.m. • ESPN


Thursday, December 24

New Mexico Bowl
Hawai'i vs Houston
Toyota Stadium • Frisco, Texas
3:30 p.m. • ESPN


Friday, December 25

Camelia Bowl
Marshall vs Buffalo
Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, Alabama
2:30 p.m. • ESPN


Saturday, December 26

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
South Carolina vs UAB
Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, Florida
Noon • ABC

FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl
Liberty vs Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium • Orlando, Florida
Noon • ESPN

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
UTSA vs Louisiana
Gerald J. Ford Stadium • Dallas, Texas
3:30 p.m. • ABC

LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium • Mobile, Alabama
3:30 p.m. • ESPN


Monday, December 28

Military Bowl Presented by Perspects
TBD
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, Maryland
2:30 p.m. • ESPN


Tuesday, December 29

Cheez-It Bowl
Miami (Fla.) vs Oklahoma State
Camping World Stadium • Orlando, Florida
5:30 p.m. • ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs Colorado
Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas
9 p.m. • ESPN


Wednesday, December 30

Duke's Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium • Charlotte, North Carolina
Noon • ESPN

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Missouri vs Iowa
Nissan Stadium • Nashville, Tennessee
4 p.m. • ESPN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Oklahoma vs Florida
AT&T Stadium • Arlington, Texas
8 p.m. • ESPN


Thursday, December 31

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa vs Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, Texas
Noon • ESPN

Arizona Bowl
Ball State vs San Jose State
Arizona Stadium • Tucson, Arizona
2 p.m. • CBSSN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, Tennessee
4 p.m. • ESPN

Mercari Texas Bowl
TCU vs Arkansas
NRG Stadium • Houston, Texas
8 p.m. • ESPN


Friday, January 1

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Cincinnati vs Georgia
Mercedes-Benz Stadium • Atlanta, Georgia
12:30 p.m. • ESPN

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs Northwestern
Camping World Stadium • Orlando, Florida
1 p.m. • ABC

CFP Semifinal #1
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One
No.1 Alabama vs No. 4 Notre Dame
AT&T Stadium • Arlington, Texas
5 p.m. • ESPN

CFP Semifinal #2
Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 2 Clemson vs No. 3 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Superdome • New Orleans, Louisiana
8:45 p.m. • ESPN


Saturday, January 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field • Jacksonville, Florida
Noon • ESPN

Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs Indiana
Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, Florida
12:30 p.m. • ABC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Oregon vs Iowa State
State Farm Stadium • Glendale, Arizona
4 p.m. • ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl
Texas A&M vs North Carolina
Hard Rock Stadium • Miami Gardens, Florida
8 p.m. • ESPN


Monday, January 11

CFP National Championship
TBD vs TBD
Hard Rock Stadium • Miami Gardens, Florida
8 p.m. • ESPN


Canceled Bowl Games
Redbox Bowl
Hawai'i Bowl
Bahamas Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Quick Lane Bowl
Las Vegas Bowl
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
LA Bowl
Tony the Tiger Bowl
TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Guaranteed Rate Bowl