The College Football Playoff has announced schedule changes for the 2020-21 season due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The final College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings were originally scheduled to be released on Sunday, Dec. 6. Due to conferences pushing back their championship games as far back as Dec. 19, the committee will now release their final rankings on Sunday, Dec. 20.
“With recent schedule changes for the regular season, it makes sense for the committee to make its final rankings after the conference championship games, when it can get a complete picture of the season,” College Football Playoff (CFP) executive director Bill Hancock said. “The selection committee members understand the need to be flexible as we all navigate uncharted waters this season, and this move will allow them to evaluate all the available information.”
The College Football Playoff Semifinal games this season are slated to be held at the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., and the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., both on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.
Winners of the two CFP Semifinal games will advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Teams competing in the College Football Playoff National Championship will now arrive in Miami on Saturday, Jan. 9, which is one day later than originally scheduled. As a result, the media day typically held on Saturday morning will not occur this season.
The 2020-21 College Football Bowl Schedule has not been officially announced yet. One game, the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl, is tentatively slated for Saturday, Dec. 19. With conference championships taking place on that date, it’s possible that the beginning of bowl season will be pushed back a few days.