Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host the College Football Playoff’s first national championship game, which will be held January 12, 2015. This season will be the BCS’s final season, as college football will move to a four-team playoff system next season. A selection committee will determine the four teams that make the playoffs. According to reports, the Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls will join the traditional Rose, Sugar, and Orange Bowls in the six-bowl national semifinal rotation for the new playoff system. The contract is for 12 years.
According to the ESPN report, during the 12-year college football playoff contract, the semifinals will be at:
• Rose and Sugar bowls: Jan. 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2018; Jan. 1, 2021; and Jan. 1, 2024.
• Orange and Cotton bowls: Jan. 1, 2016; Jan. 1, 2019; Jan. 1, 2022; and Jan. 1, 2025.
• Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls: Jan. 2, 2017; Jan. 1, 2020; Jan. 2, 2023; and Jan. 1, 2026.
The dates of the championship games, which will be played on Mondays, are:
Jan. 12, 2015; Jan. 11, 2016; Jan. 9, 2017; Jan. 8, 2018; Jan. 7, 2019; Jan. 13, 2020; Jan. 11, 2021; Jan. 10, 2022; Jan. 9, 2023; Jan. 8, 2024; Jan. 13, 2025; and Jan. 12, 2026.
“We decided to call the playoff what it is — the College Football Playoff,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. “We think the new playoff will be the most dynamic improvement to college football in a generation. Certainly, it’s what the fans want. We also invite everyone to vote online to select the logo and help us kick off the new College Football Playoff.”
According to the report, when the “Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls do not host the national semifinals, they will get the highest-ranked team from their respective conference tie-ins: Rose (Pac-12 vs. Big Ten), Sugar (SEC vs. Big 12) and Orange (ACC vs. highest-ranked from SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame).”
Cowboys Stadium reportedly beat out Tampa, Florida for the right to host the first College Football Playoff national title game.