“Many people focus on the top four, but it is also important, especially for the student-athletes who play college football, to recognize every team in the top 25. For many students, playing in a bowl game is a highlight of their life,” said selection chairman Jeff Long. “The second year of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee is now in the books. I am honored by the process, dedication and preparation that the committee members brought week in and week out. It’s a lot of work, a lot of study and a lot of detailed conversation. I’m grateful to each of them for their commitment.”
The winner of the Orange Bowl will face the winner of the Cotton Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, at University of Phoenix Stadium, for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 11.
The CFP also announced the New Year’s Six bowl match-ups.
Leading into the Playoff Semifinals on New Year’s Eve day, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will feature No. 9 Florida State versus No. 18 Houston.
On January 1, 2016, the excitement will continue as the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl will match No. 7 Ohio State against No. 8 Notre Dame, followed by the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual featuring No. 5 Iowa versus No. 6 Stanford. On New Year’s night, No. 12 Ole Miss will face No. 16 Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The complete rankings are attached and can be found on the official website of the College Football Playoff at www.collegefootballplayoff.com. Join the conversation on Twitter @CFBPlayoff using the official hashtag #CFBPlayoff.