Tampa, FL - WFLA - The College Football Playoff Group has announced Raymond James Stadium will host the College Football Playoff Championship Game in 2017.
AT & T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, has been awarded the inaugural championship game on January 12, 2015, followed by Glendale hosting the title game on January 11, 2016.
Currently, AT & T Stadium is home to the AT & T Cotton Bowl, while Raymond James Stadium is the host of the Outback Bowl. University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is the site of the Fiesta Bowl, which is also part of the six-bowl semifinal rotation.
The semifinal playoff games which will pit No. 1 versus No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 will be as follows:
2015: The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first national semifinals on January 1, 2015.
2016: The Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl will host the semifinals.
2017: The Chick-fil-A Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will host the College Football Playoff semifinals prior to the Jan. 9, 2017 National Championship Game in Tampa.
The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-2015 season and will feature the four top teams as selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee, which was announced in October, is comprised of 13 members with Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long as the Chair. Most notably, other members include former NFL quarterbacks Pat Haden, Archie Manning, and Oliver Luck and former coaches Tom Osborne, Barry Alvarez, and Tyrone Willingham. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the lone female on the Selection Committee.
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