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While the bowl games have been around for decades, the College Football Playoff has only been in effect since 2014. The NCAA Football post-season contest is preceded by the Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance and the BCS. This new structure is still in infant stages and has introduced a bracket-style competition that seeds four teams to participate in the semi-finals. The winners of the two semi-final games advance to the National Championship.

The top twelve Division I teams head to the New Year’s Six – the college playoff bowl games.  The College Football Playoff Committee, primarily made up of athletic directors from each major conference, former players, coaches, and administrators meet early December and rank the Top 25, along with selecting the top four teams and seeding them into the semi-final games.

Once the committee ranks the teams, they place the top-seeded team at the closest site to their home field to prevent an “on the road” environment. Each bowl game venue has been sold out year after year, and the semi-finals rake in even more revenue for the committees and the champion’s payout. When it comes to the venue for the College Football Playoff National Championship, cities can bid to host the game years in advance. The 2016 National Championship will take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The semi-finals are assigned to a different pairing of the six major bowl games each year:

Fiesta Bowl & Peach Bowl201620192022
Rose Bowl & Sugar Bowl201720202023
Orange Bowl & Cotton Bowl201820212024

In the years that the bowl games aren’t host to the semi-finals, they host their bowl’s affiliated conferences or committee selections. The Rose Bowl usually hosts the Big Ten champions against the Pac-12 champions, while the Sugar Bowl hosts the SEC champions against the Big 12 Champions. The Orange Bowl plays host to the ACC champions and either the second place SEC team, second place Big Ten team, or independent Notre Dame. The Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls are all decided by committee selection.

The College Football Playoff will conclude on January 2nd, 2017 at the National Championship, and is poised to be one of the top sports betting events of the year. There’s plenty of betting action throughout the College Football Playoff, so be sure to keep an eye on this page, and our editorial team, who will be bringing you the best college football betting content, odds and the hottest trends this December.

The New Year's Six

Rose Bowl

The 'Grandaddy of them all' is entering its 103rd year, with Penn State and USC facing off for the title.
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Sugar Bowl

As if the College Football Playoffs weren't sweet enough, they added a Sugar Bowl. We'll have updates on the Auburn Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners leading up to the January 2nd matchup.
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Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl is falling on December 31st for fifth time in its 83 year existence, and the Florida State Seminoles and Michigan Wolverines will be competing for the Orange Bowl title.
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Cotton Bowl

The Cotton Bowl was a bit of a bore last year, can we expect a better game between the Western Michigan Broncos and Wisconsin Badgers?
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Fiesta Bowl

As one of the hosts to the semi-finals, the Fiesta Bowl will host the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers as a decider for a spot in the CFP National Championship.
Visit the Fiesta Bowl page

Peach Bowl

Hosting a semi-final which will determine whether Alabama or Washington will head to the National Championship, makes the Peach Bowl the one to watch during the College Football Playoff.
Visit the Peach Bowl page

  • Peach Bowl

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    OddsShark StaffMon, Dec 5, 9:05am

    The unbeaten Alabama Crimson Tide continue their quest for a second consecutive national championship as massive favorites against the Washington...

  • Fiesta Bowl

    OddsShark StaffMon, Dec 5, 9:05am

    The Ohio State Buckeyes are back in the Fiesta Bowl, only this time it's against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff semifinal. The...

  • Rose Bowl

    Rose Bowl

    OddsShark StaffMon, Dec 5, 9:05am

    The USC Trojans recorded a 38-24 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions when they last met in the 2009 Rose Bowl. Both these squads were bowl game...

  • New Orleans Bowl

    New Orleans Bowl

    OddsShark StaffMon, Dec 5, 8:05am

    The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four postseason games, which were all appearances in the New Orleans Bowl. The...

  • Cure Bowl

    AutoNation Cure Bowl

    OddsShark StaffMon, Dec 5, 8:05am

    One year removed from a winless 2015 season, Central Florida will play in its former home stadium in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Arkansas State started...