The four semifinal teams for this season's College Football Playoff were revealed Sunday on ESPN's selection show.
The 13-member selection committee elected to keep the top four teams the same from the previous iteration of rankings from Tuesday, though slightly scrambled:
- 1. Alabama
- 2. Clemson
- 3. Ohio State
- 4. Notre Dame.
Both semifinal games will be held on New Year's Day and televised on ESPN. The Rose Bowl is not in Pasadena, California, but at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 4 p.m. ET, and the Sugar Bowl will be at the Superdome in New Orleans at 8 p.m. ET.
After that, the two teams who were able to overcome everything this crazy season threw at them will advance to square off Jan. 11 in the national championship game.
Let's take a closer look at how and when you should tune in to the national championship game and break down the four teams that find themselves vying for a shot at hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy.
College Football Playoff National Championship
Date: Monday, Jan. 11
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Since the College Football Playoff began in the 2014-15 season, four programs have earned 24 of the playoff berths: Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
They just so happen to be almost identical to the four teams who will face off in this year's semifinals.
Four teams have won six times in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game: Ohio State (2015), Alabama (2016), Clemson (2017), Alabama (2018), Clemson (2019) and LSU (2020).
Of the semifinalists this year, only Notre Dame is looking for its first-ever CFP title.
This season provided those in favor of expanding the College Football Playoff plenty of ammunition for their side of the debate.
Texas A&M and Oklahoma were the first two teams out of the top four. For those who also want more representation for Group of Five programs, a six-team playoff with four Power Five qualifiers and then the highest ranked independent or Group of Five team would have allowed them to contend.
An expanded playoff would be especially beneficial for programs like Cincinnati, which was left on the outside of the top six and lost a legitimate chance to be rewarded for a terrific year.
With the Rose and Sugar Bowls serving as this year's semifinals, the Cotton, Peach, Fiesta and Orange Bowls will be the other New Year's Six matchups. Those four will be televised on ESPN from Dec. 30 (Cotton) to New Year's Day (Peach) to Jan. 2 (Fiesta and Orange).