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College Football Playoff Schedule 2016: Dates, TV Channels, Times, & Locations

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The 2016-2017 NCAA football season is heading down the home stretch. But that’s no reason to be upset, as the College Football Playoff is a must-see event. This is the third year of the NCAA’s playoff set-up, and I’ve yet to hear one person complain that it’s not more exciting than the old format.

Alabama was crowned the National Champions last year, and it sure looks like the undefeated Crimson Tide will have a great chance to repeat. The number one seed in this format hasn’t won it all yet, though, so who the hell knows what’s going to happen? Four teams make the College Football Playoff, and while we don’t know yet which teams will compete, we do have an idea of how the bracket will look.


Semifinal Game 1

Bowl: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Teams: No. 1 vs. No. 4 or No. 2 vs. No. 3
Location: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN


Semifinal Game 2

Bowl: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Teams: No. 1 vs. No. 4 or No. 2 vs. No. 3
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN


National Championship

Bowl: National Championship
Teams: Semifinal Winner 1 vs. Semifinal Winner 2
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida
Date: Monday, January 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN

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