Beginning with the 2014-15 season, college football begins the postseason playoff era. The format: four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a national championship game. The semifinals will rotate among six bowls: Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach, Rose and Sugar. Each semifinal will be played during the New Year's holiday with the national title game on a Monday night at least a week later.

New Orleans Nevada vs. La.-Lafayette New Orleans 11 a.m. Dec. 20 ESPN  
New Mexico UTEP vs. Utah State Albuquerque, N.M. 2:20 p.m. Dec. 20 ESPN  
Las Vegas Colorado St. vs. Utah Las Vegas 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20 ABC Buy now
Famous Idaho Potato Western Mich. vs. Air Force Boise, Idaho 5:45 p.m. Dec. 20 ESPN Buy now
Camellia Bowling Green vs. South Ala. Montgomery, Ala. 9:15 p.m. Dec. 20 ESPN  
Miami Beach BYU vs. Memphis Miami 2 p.m. Dec. 22 ESPN  
Boca Raton Marshall vs. Northern Ill. Boca Raton, Fla. 6 p.m. Dec. 23 ESPN  
Poinsettia Navy vs. San Diego State San Diego 9:30 p.m. Dec. 23 ESPN Buy now
Popeyes Western Ky. vs. Central Mich. Nassau, Bahamas Noon Dec. 24 ESPN  
Hawaii Rice vs. Fresno State Honolulu 8 p.m. Dec. 24 ESPN  
Heart of Dallas Illinois vs. La. Tech Dallas 1 p.m. Dec. 26 ESPN  
Quick Lane Rutgers vs. North Carolina Detroit 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26 ESPN Buy now
St. Petersburg NC State vs. UCF St. Petersburg, Fla. 8 p.m. Dec. 26 ESPN  
Military Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati Annapolis, Md. 1 p.m. Dec. 27 ESPN  
Sun Duke vs. Arizona State El Paso, Texas 2 p.m. Dec. 27 CBS Buy now
Independence Miami (Fla.) vs. South Carolina Shreveport, La. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27 ABC Buy now
Pinstripe Boston College vs. Penn State Bronx, N.Y. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 ESPN Buy now
Holiday Nebraska vs. USC San Diego 8 p.m. Dec. 27 ESPN Buy now
Liberty West Virginia vs. Texas A&M Memphis, Tenn. 2 p.m. Dec. 29 ESPN Buy now
Russell Athletic Clemson vs. Oklahoma Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29 ESPN Buy now
Texas Texas vs. Arkansas Houston 9 p.m. Dec. 29 ESPN Buy now
Music City Notre Dame vs. LSU Nashville, Tenn. 3 p.m. Dec. 30 ESPN Buy now
Belk Louisville vs. Georgia Charlotte, N.C. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 ESPN Buy now
Foster Farms Maryland vs. Stanford Santa Clara, Calif. 10 p.m. Dec. 30 ESPN Buy now
Peach Ole Miss vs. TCU Atlanta 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 ESPN Buy now
Fiesta Boise State vs. Arizona Glendale, Ariz. 4 p.m. Dec. 31 ESPN Buy now
Orange Miss. State vs. Ga. Tech Miami Gardens, Fla. 8 p.m. Dec. 31 ESPN Buy now
Outback Wisconsin vs. Auburn Tampa, Fla. Noon Jan. 1 ESPN2 Buy now
Cotton Michigan St. vs. Baylor Arlington, Texas 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1 ESPN Buy now
Citrus Minnesota vs. Missouri Orlando, Fla. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1 ABC Buy now
* Rose Oregon vs. Florida State Pasadena, Calif. 5 p.m. Jan. 1 ESPN Buy now
* Sugar Alabama vs. Ohio State New Orleans 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1 ESPN Buy now
Armed Forces Pittsburgh vs. Houston Fort Worth, Texas Noon Jan. 2 ESPN  
Gator Iowa vs. Tennessee Jacksonville, Fla. 3 p.m. Jan. 2 ESPN Buy now
Alamo Kansas State vs. UCLA San Antonio 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 ESPN Buy now
Cactus Okla. State vs. Washington Tempe, Ariz. 10 p.m. Jan. 2 ESPN Buy now
Birmingham Florida vs. East Carolina Birmingham, Ala. Noon Jan. 3 ESPN  
GoDaddy Toledo vs. Arkansas State Mobile, Ala. 9 p.m. Jan. 4 ESPN  
CFP Champ. Game TBD vs. TBD Arlington, Texas 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 ESPN Buy now
* -- College Football Playoff semifinal games  

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• FBS Indepenents -- Army, BYU, Navy and Notre Dame -- also are eligible for the College Football Playoff.
2014-15 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Dec. 31 Jan. 1 Dec. 31 Dec. 31 Jan. 12
2015-16 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Dec. 31 Dec. 31 Dec. 31 Jan. 1 Jan. 11
2016-17 Jan. 2 Jan. 2 Dec. 31 Jan. 2 Dec. 31 Dec. 31 Jan. 9
Bold denotes the bowl playing host to a national championship semifinal game.