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2021-22 College Football Playoff schedule, dates, TV channel, locations

Fansided logo Fansided 12/4/2021 Patrick Schmidt
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The 2021-2022 College Football Playoff schedule will have both semifinals played on New Year's Eve at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.

If you're a college football fan, you better not make any New Year's Eve plans because the College Football Playoff holds its two semifinal games on Dec. 31.

The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl are the sites for the College Football Playoff games this year. Both games will be on Friday, Dec. 31 with kickoff at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. ET. It's not decided which game will begin first and which will be the nightcap. That determination will be made after the teams are assigned for the games.

The No. 1 seed in the CFP rankings gets to choose which bowl game they want to play in. For example, if Georgia remains the No. 1 team, they'll likely choose to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida because of the proximity to Athens vs. the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

College Football Playoff schedule, dates, start times, TV channel, stadium

  • Cotton Bowl | 3:30 or 7:30 p.m. ET | Friday, Dec. 31 | ESPN
  • Orange Bowl | 3:30 or 7:30 p.m. ET | Friday, Dec. 31 | ESPN

It'll be the best way to close out the 2021 calendar year with a pair of college football games that will determine who plays for the national championship less than two weeks later in Indianapolis.

The national championship game is on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more NCAA football news, analysis, opinion and unique coverage by FanSided, including Heisman Trophy and College Football Playoff rankings, be sure to bookmark these pages.

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