College football playoff national championship game

national championship game

What is the national championship?

The national championship determines the best team for any sport, which is the top achievement of a particular nation. The College Football Playoff National Championship format established in 2014 which is the final game of the NCAA college football post-season of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is the most most prestigious college event in America. Since from the 1986 the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) awarded a new crystal football to the winner of the national championship game.

What is College Football Playoff?

College Football Playoff (CFP) was started in 2014 where four NCAA FBS division teams take part in the tournament. CFP is the highest level of football in US colleges and universities. Playoff committee is used to select the teams to play in the playoffs. The four school teams take part in two semi-finals and winners face each other in the final. The playoff committee is made up of 13 members using pools and ranking to select the four teams. All CFP games are played in neutral grounds as teams participate in semi-finals and later the final. Semifinal games rotate in six bowl games known as the New Year’s Six. The CFP games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday or Monday close to the New Year’s Day. The game venue is selected by considering the bids for the four-team taking part in the playoffs. The winner is given a CFP national Championship Trophy.

What day is the national championship 2019?

The championship game will be played on Monday, Jan. 7, with kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. ET at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.

Selection committees

The committee members serve a term of 3 years with the first committee selected on 16th October 2013. The current members are Scott Stricklin, Herb Deromedi, Ken Hatfield, Ronnie Lott, Jeff Bower, Paola Boivin, Bobby Johnson, Frank Beamer, Todd Stansburg, Gene Smith, Joe Castiglione, Rob Mullen and Christopher Howard. The 13 member committee relies weekly on ranking for the top team during the second half of the season. The ranking releases for six or seven times are used in selecting the four teams for CFP. The voting process is facilitated by software developed by Code Authority in Frisco used to monitor member voting in multiple ballots.

Who are play in the national championship game?

The top two college football teams as determined by the selection committee and no #1 seed has won the National Championship. The winners of the CFP semi-final will play in the national championship game.

The national championship stadiums through 2024.

If any city want to host the game the stadiums must need to capable with a capacity is restricted minimum 65,000-seat for the spectators and the cities cannot host the College Football Playoff semifinal games in the same year. The College Football selection committee already announced which stadium organisers will host national championship game through 2024 is below.

The Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area (Santa Clara, California) will hosts 2019 game.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will hosts 2020 game.
The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida will hosts 2021 game.
The Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana will hosts 2022 game.
The Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California will hosts 2023 game.
The NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas will hosts 2024 game.

What TV channel is the CFP championship game on?

The only way to watch the national championship game live stream on ESPN TV. They have a contract for the TV rights through the 2026. If you want to watch the CFP championship game on your devices or phone you need to purchase the package of ESPN TV channel or download the WatchESPN app.


Teams prepare for CFP games by playing friendly games with non-conference opponents. The choice of non-league games is used to measure the capability of teams selected by the committee. High profile matches are done in weeknights to gen exclusive TV rights to air the match. The conference schedule will increase games from eight to none to make the league stronger. The out of league schedules are applied by the teams to impress the committee. The ninth game is used to accommodate non-conference opponents for a string schedule in the league.

Semifinal Championship game

The semifinals are a participation of all the four teams selected by the committee. The teams are ranked from the rank one to four. Semifinal one rank number 1 faces rank number 4 while the second semifinal rank number 2 faces rank number 3. The matchups are used by the committee to rank the team from one to four. Rank no. 1 is assigned an arena that is closest to the college with the aim of increasing the number of fans. The games are in neutral grounds requiring teams to work hard in matchup games to have a high ranking to get a ground near to the campus.


The championship game is a highly watched game where cities in the US bid to host the event. CFP final selection is made by having an agreement form teams and committee members. The NCAA final four teams are provided with an opportunity to choose a city that is most appropriate to hold the games. Stadium bids are made to provide a suitable venue for the final. The stadiums in the bid should have a capacity of holding over 65,000 fans. ESPN is the channel with rights to broadcast national championships.

Team rating

The 2015 CFA National Championship had the highest rating at 18.9 and watched by over 33.4 million people. It is the largest broadcast in America cable television as 31% of the audience watched the championship game. 2015 Rose Bowl had 28.16 million viewers and 2015 Sugar Bowl 28.27 million viewers shown by ESPN. There has been a decline in rating from 2015 due to scheduling which makes it hard for many viewers to watch the live action.


ESPN is the broadcaster with rights to broadcast College Football Playoff games. The rights were acquired by ESPN in 2012 paying $7.3 billion for 12 years showing all the seven games every year. The average revenue is $500 million per year after deducting the expenses of around $125 to 150 million.

CFP criticism

The criticism of College Football Playoffs includes team selection, the selection committee and scheduling. The ranking is based on win and loss for the college which is unfair to campus with inadequate athletic resources. The committee selection is made to some reporters who have not coached the game making it hard to offer accurate rankings. The scheduling in the New Year eve makes it hard for the people to include game watching during festivities.

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