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Faculty Soccer Playoff releases schedule for first 12-team playoff

The schedule for the first 12-team College Football Playoff is official. The CFP released the dates and times for all 11 games of the expanded playoff format on Wednesday. The first game will take place on Friday, Dec. 20, a month before the national championship game on Monday, Jan. 20. The four first-round games will

Faculty Soccer Playoff releases schedule for first 12-team playoff

Nick Bromberg

The schedule for the primary 12-team Faculty Soccer Playoff is official.

The CFP launched the dates and instances for all 11 video games of the expanded playoff format on Wednesday. The primary recreation will happen on Friday, Dec. 20, a month earlier than the nationwide championship recreation on Monday, Jan. 20.

The 4 first-round video games shall be performed on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. The primary recreation kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, whereas the three different video games are on Saturday. TNT Sports will broadcast the first two games on Saturday at Midday and 4 p.m. ET, whereas ABC can have the prime-time recreation at 8 p.m. ET together with Friday’s recreation.

The remainder of the video games shall be on ESPN. The primary quarterfinal would be the Fiesta Bowl at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Three quarterfinal video games shall be performed on New Yr’s Day. The primary recreation is the Peach Bowl at 1 p.m. adopted by the Rose Bowl in its conventional 5 p.m. slot and the Sugar Bowl at 8:45 p.m. ET.

The Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl are the semifinal websites this yr. The Orange Bowl is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 9. The Cotton Bowl is the following day on the identical time.

The 2 early first-round video games on Saturday will go in opposition to two NFL video games. The Kansas City Chiefs play the Houston Texans (1 p.m. ET), and the Baltimore Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers (4:30 p.m. ET) on Dec. 21 as all 4 groups are enjoying on Wednesday, Dec. 25 this season.

After a decade of a four-team playoff, faculty soccer leaders voted to broaden the playoff to 12 groups for the 2024 season. The highest 5 convention champions within the CFP rankings will routinely qualify for the playoff, whereas the remaining seven groups shall be chosen by way of the rankings.

The highest 4 convention champions will obtain the highest 4 seeds and get byes into the quarterfinals, whereas the groups ranked at Nos. 5-8 will host quarterfinal video games at their dwelling stadiums. The convention champions shall be assigned to the quarterfinals by way of longtime convention affiliation if potential, that means it’s doubtless the SEC champion will play within the Sugar Bowl and the Massive Ten champion will doubtless play within the Rose Bowl.

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The Jan. 20 nationwide championship recreation is 12 days later than the nationwide title recreation after the 2023 season. Michigan beat Washington 34-13 to win the ultimate four-team playoff on Jan. 8, 2024, after the semifinals had been performed on Jan. 1.

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