The 2024 College Football Playoff field was decided by the selection committee on selection Sunday (Dec. 3). The four teams that the selection committee picked to be in the College Football Playoff this year are the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines, No. 2 Washington Huskies, No. 3 Texas Longhorns, and No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide.
This was maybe the most anticipated College Football Playoff selection show since the inaugural Playoff nearly a decade ago (in the 2014 season). That’s because there were more than four teams deserving of a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff field.
For the first time since the inception of the Playoff in 2014, we had an undefeated Power Five conference champion left out of the four-team field. The Florida State Seminoles were the first team left out of the field despite winning the ACC Championship and boasting a spotless 13-0 record.
Florida State was left out of the Playoff largely due to its offensive struggles in the last couple of games after the season-ending injury to star senior quarterback Jordan Travis.
There was also an argument for the Georgia Bulldogs to get into the Playoff, as head coach Kirby Smart’s squad had won back-to-back National Championships and boasted a 29-game winning streak before falling short of Alabama by a field goal in the SEC title game.
Here is the College Football Playoff schedule, locations, and TV/streaming information after the four-team field was announced on Dec. 3.
College Football Playoff schedule
The first matchup in the College Football Playoff semifinals will be the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, CA, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT/2 p.m. PT. The second semifinal will be the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA, on Jan. 1 at 7:45 p.m. CT.
And then, the College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played on Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. CT at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.
Who’s playing in the College Football Playoff?
No. 1 Michigan battles No. 4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl for the first College Football Playoff semifinal game on New Year’s Day 2024. Michigan is undefeated and won the Big Ten Championship in a shutout victory over the No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes on Dec. 2. Alabama is 12-1 entering the postseason after a three-point win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
No. 2 Washington takes on No. 3 Texas in the Sugar Bowl in the second CFP semifinal game on New Year’s Day. Texas is 12-1 after handily defeating the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12 Championship Game, 49-21, on Dec. 2. Washington is the undefeated PAC-12 Champion after defeating the No. 5 Oregon Ducks in their title game on Dec. 1.
The winners of each semifinal game will square off at NRG Stadium in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 8.
Where is the College Football Playoff being played?
The Rose Bowl Game is held at the home of the UCLA Bruins, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
The Sugar Bowl will be at the home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
How to watch the College Football Playoff?
The ESPN family of networks will have a variety of ways to view the College Football Playoff semifinal games on New Year’s Day. But the primary broadcast on national television for the two semifinal games will be on ESPN.
How to stream the College Football Playoff?
The College Football Playoff can also be streamed live via FuboTV.