football-fbs flag

Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | December 4, 2022

College Football Playoff rankings schedule, release dates

2022 College Football Playoff rankings: See who's in, full New Year's Six schedule

The 2022-23 College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship game are scheduled for Dec. 31, 2022 and Jan. 9, 2023.

But before the four semifinal teams play for the title, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee released six sets of top 25 rankings throughout the season. 

These rankings were released weekly through November and in early December. The final top 25, which revealed the four teams that will play in the College Football Playoff semifinals, were announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State were selected to the 2022 CFP field.

2022-23 College Football Playoff rankings: Release schedule, dates

Here's the schedule for the CFP top 25 announcements. All times ET and announcements will be made on ESPN.

  • 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 1 ✅
  • 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 8 ✅
  • 9 p.m ET Tuesday, Nov. 15 ✅
  • 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 22 ✅
  • 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 29 ✅
  • 12 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 4 (Selection Day) ✅

College Football Playoff: Rankings, history

In 2014, Mississippi State became the first team to rank No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Here's the list of all No. 1 teams in the CFP rankings.

2014

  • Week 10: Mississippi State
  • Week 11: Mississippi State
  • Week 12: Mississippi State
  • Week 13: Alabama
  • Week 14: Alabama
  • Week 15: Alabama
  • Week 16 (Final): Alabama (Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State also make the CFP)

2015

  • Week 9: Clemson
  • Week 10: Clemson
  • Week 11: Clemson
  • Week 12: Clemson
  • Week 13: Clemson
  • Week 14: Clemson (Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma also make the CFP)

2016

  • Week 9: Alabama
  • Week 10: Alabama
  • Week 11: Alabama
  • Week 12: Alabama
  • Week 13: Alabama
  • Week 14: Alabama (Clemson, Ohio State and Washington also make the CFP)

2017

  • Week 9: Georgia
  • Week 10: Georgia
  • Week 11: Alabama
  • Week 12: Alabama
  • Week 13: Clemson
  • Week 14: Clemson (Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama also make the CFP)

2018

  • Week 9: Alabama
  • Week 10: Alabama
  • Week 11: Alabama
  • Week 12: Alabama
  • Week 13: Alabama
  • Week 14: Alabama (Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma also make the CFP)

2019

  • Week 10: Ohio State
  • Week 11: LSU
  • Week 12: LSU
  • Week 13: Ohio State
  • Week 14: Ohio State
  • Week 15: LSU (Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma also make the CFP)

2020

  • Week 13: Alabama
  • Week 14: Alabama
  • Week 15: Alabama
  • Week 16: Alabama
  • Week 17: Alabama (Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame also make the CFP)

2021

  • Week 10: Georgia
  • Week 11: Georgia
  • Week 12: Georgia
  • Week 13: Georgia
  • Week 14: Georgia
  • Week 15: Alabama (Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati also make the CFP)

College Football Playoff: Results

2014 season

  • Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon 59, No. 3 Florida State 20
  • Sugar Bowl: No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 1 Alabama 35
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20

2015 season

  • Orange Bowl: No. 1 Clemson 37, No. 4 Oklahoma 17
  • Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama 38, No. 3 Michigan State 0
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40

2016 season

  • Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Clemson 31, No. 3 Ohio State 0
  • Peach Bowl: No. 1 Alabama 24, No. 4 Washington 7
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31

RANKINGS: All major college football polls

2017 season

  • Rose Bowl: No. 3 Georgia 54, No. 2 Oklahoma 48 (2OT)
  • Sugar Bowl: No. 4 Alabama 24, No. 1 Clemson 6
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23 (OT)

2018 season

  • Orange Bowl: No. 1 Alabama 45, No. 4 Oklahoma 34
  • Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Clemson 30, No. 3 Notre Dame 3
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 2 Clemson 44, No. 1 Alabama 16

2019 season

  • Peach Bowl: No. 1 LSU 63, No. 4 Oklahoma 28
  • Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Clemson 29, No. 2 Ohio State 23
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 1 LSU 42, No. 3 Clemson 25

2020 season

  • Rose Bowl: No. 1 Alabama 31, No. 4 Notre Dame 14
  • Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Ohio State 49, No. 2 Clemson 28
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 1 Alabama 52, No. 3 Ohio State 24

2021 season

  • Cotton Bowl: No. 1 Alabama 27, No. 4 Cincinnati 6
  • Orange Bowl: No. 3 Georgia 34, No. 2 Michigan 11
  • CFP National Championship Game: No. 3 Georgia 33, No. 1 Alabama 18

2022 FCS playoffs: What every road quarterfinal team needs to prove to advance

The four lowest-seeded teams are on the road in the quarterfinals, entering hostile environments in search of a playoff win. Here's what each team will need to prove to advance to the next round.
READ MORE

The top 5 plays from Gevani McCoy’s Jerry Rice Award season

Idaho quarterback Gevani McCoy was named the 2022 Jerry Rice Award winner as the best freshman in FCS football. Here are the top plays from his freshman season.
READ MORE

Jerry Rice Award: Complete history of the FCS freshman honor

The Jerry Rice Award is given annually to the most outstanding freshman player in the FCS. Here's what to know about the subdivision's highest honor.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners