Chart: College Football Playoff primer

  • Updated: August 24, 2014 - 11:23 PM

The College Football Playoff is shiny and new this season and comes with a trophy to match.

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How does this thing work?

A 13-member selection committee will release weekly rankings beginning in late October. In the final ranking, the top four teams will be assigned to the semifinals. The team ranked No. 1 will play the No. 4 team; No. 2 vs. No. 3 in the other semifinal. The semifinals this year are the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) and Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.), both on Jan. 1. The semifinals and championship rotate. The Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl will host semifinals in 2015, the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl in the 2016 season. The first three national championship games will be held in Arlington, Texas (Jan. 12, 2015); Glendale, Ariz.; and Tampa. Cities bid to host the national title game.

 

How will teams be ranked?

This will lead to much debate. The committee will not use one single metric in ranking teams. Members will weigh strength of schedule, conference championships won, head-to-head matchups, results against common opponents and other “relevant factors,” including key injuries that affected a team’s season or likely would affect its postseason success.

 

Will there be conference battles?

There is no limit on how many teams a conference can have in the playoff, a change from the BCS bowls model. If four teams from a particular conference are ranked Nos. 1-4, four teams from that conference will be in the playoff.

 

Who's on the committee?

• Jeff Long, committee chairman, Arkansas athletic director

• Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin athletic director

• Mike Gould, former superintendent at Air Force

• Pat Haden, USC athletic director

• Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president

• Oliver Luck, West Virginia athletic director

• Archie Manning, former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback

• Tom Osborne, former Nebraska coach and athletic director

• Dan Radakovich, Clemson athletic director

• Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and Stanford provost

• Mike Tranghese, former Big East Commissioner

• Steve Wieberg, former USA Today college football writer

• Tyrone Willingham, former coach at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington

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Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Washington 102 FINAL
New York 91
Oklahoma City 114 FINAL
San Antonio 106
Cleveland 91 FINAL
Miami 101
LA Lakers 93 FINAL
Chicago 113
Golden State 86 FINAL
LA Clippers 100
DePaul 69 FINAL
Loyola Marymount 72
Ohio 58 FINAL
Nebraska 71
Colorado 66 FINAL
Hawaii 69
George Washington 60 FINAL
Wichita State 54
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama

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