Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl to host first Playoff Semifinals in 2015

By Kevin Kelley -
Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl will host a semifinal on Jan. 1, 2015. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first college football playoff semifinals on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, BCS conference commissioners have announced.

The AT&T Cotton Bowl is said to be the “prohibitive favorite” to host the first national title game, which will feature a match-up between the winners of the two semifinal games. It would be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, this is how the national semifinal rotation sets up:

Rose & Sugar - 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024
Orange & TBA - 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025
TBA & TBA - 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026

The three bowl games that will also host future semifinal games have yet to be selected, but various sources expect them to be the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl.

The national championship game will be bid out each year to any city interested in hosting the game, which is similar to how the NFL sells the Super Bowl.

Listed below is the rotation for the playoffs beginning after the 2014 regular season and continuing through the 2025 season.

Year Host Bowls and National Semifinals Championship Game
2014-15 Wed., Dec. 31 and Thurs., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 12
2015-16 Thurs., Dec. 31 and Fri., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 11
2016-17 Sat., Dec. 31 and Mon., Jan. 2 Mon., Jan. 9
2017-18 Sat., Dec. 30 and Mon., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 8
2018-19 Mon., Dec. 31 and Tues., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 7
2019-20 Tues., Dec. 31 and Wed., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 13
2020-21 Thurs., Dec. 31 and Fri., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 11
2021-22 Fri., Dec. 31 and Sat., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 10
2022-23 Sat., Dec. 31 and Mon., Jan. 2 Mon., Jan. 9
2023-24 Sat., Dec. 30 and Mon., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 8
2024-25 Tues., Dec. 31 and Wed., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 13
2025-26 Wed., Dec. 31 and Thurs., Jan. 1 Mon., Jan. 12

 

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7 Comments to Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl to host first Playoff Semifinals in 2015

  1. Kro said....

    The Cotton Bowl is not hosting the championship game. Cowboys Stadium is hosting the championship. The Cotton Bowl will be played separately on January 1.

    January 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  2. William said....

    I was hoping the Championship would have moved to a weekend night when the NFL is not having a playoff game.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm
  3. Mr. Apples said....

    Geez, I thought they were looking to reduce the length of the college football season…. now we’re going into mid-January!

    January 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    • matt said....

      They wanted to the meaning back to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, which they are! It’s only 7 to 10 days from semi’s to title game. That is a huge change.

      January 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

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