NCAA Football Playoffs 2022: Format, Schedule, Rankings, Teams, Predictions

NCAA Football Playoffs 2022: The College Football Playoff is an annual postseason knockout invitational tournament to determine a national champion for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football competition in the United States.

NCAA Football Playoffs 2022: Format, Schedule, Rankings, Teams, Predictions

Format:

The College Football Playoff National Championship will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on January 10, 2022. This is the eighth year of the CFP, and this is the first national title to take place in the Midwest.

Schedule:

YEAR
(GAME DATE)
GAME LOCATION
2015 No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20 Arlington, Texas
2016 No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40 Glendale, Arizona
2017 No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31 Tampa, Florida
2018 No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23 Atlanta, Georgia
2019 No. 2 Clemson 44, No. 1 Alabama 16 Santa Clara, California
2020 No. 1 LSU 42, No. 3 Clemson 25 New Orleans, Louisiana
2021 No. 1 Alabama 52, No. 3 Ohio State 24 Miami Gardens, Florida

Rankings:

NCAA Football Playoffs 2022: Format, Schedule, Rankings, Teams, Predictions

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

PREVIOUS

1 Alabama 12-1 3
2 Michigan 12-1 2
3 Georgia 12-1 1
4 Cincinnati 13-0 4
5 Notre Dame 11-1 6
6 Ohio State 10-2 7
7 Baylor 11-2 9
8 Ole Miss 10-2 8
9 Oklahoma State 11-2 5
10 Michigan State 10-2 11
11 Utah 10-3 17
12 Pittsburgh 11-2 15
13 BYU 10-2 12
14 Oregon 10-3 10
15 Iowa 10-3 13

Teams:

Both semifinal games of the College Football Playoff will take place on Friday, Dec. 31. The first game between No. 4 Cincinnati and No. 1 Alabama will start at 3:30 p.m. ET in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Michigan will square off at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Capital One Orange Bowl. 

Predictions:

Both playoff semifinal games will be bowl games taking place on Dec. 31. The first semifinal game will be the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The second will be the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL., where the Miami Dolphins play. 

This season, the championship game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., the home of the Indianapolis Colts.  

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