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College Football Playoff Announces Dates, Broadcast Info for 2024-25

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; A view of the CFP Trophy before the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Washington Huskies at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, the College Football Playoff (CFP) officially announced the dates, kick times, and broadcast information for the 2024-25 playoff, the first year of the expanded 12-team format.

According to a CFP press release, ESPN has expanded its current package through the 2025-26 season, adding all four games of the new CFP First Round each year to ESPN’s existing New Year’s Six games (now CFP Quarterfinals and CFP Semifinals) and the CFP National Championship.

Last month, ESPN announced a five-year deal with TNT to sublicense select College Football Playoff games, beginning with the 2024 college football season.


The inaugural 12-team College Football Playoff will begin with the first CFP First Round game on Friday, December 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN. First-round action will continue on Saturday, December 21, as TNT Sports will present games at noon and 4 p.m., while ABC and ESPN will broadcast the third game of Saturday’s triple-header at 8 p.m. Each of the four first round games will be played on campuses to be announced on Selection Day, December 8.

ESPN will present each of the four Playoff Quarterfinals, the two Playoff Semifinals, and the 2025 CFP National Championship, slated for Monday, January 20, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This marks the first time the CFP National Championship has returned to a city for a second game after Atlanta hosted the title contest in 2018.

Here’s a look at the schedule, courtesy of the College Football Playoff release.

Schedules are subject to change. Additional scheduling details, including megacast plans and talent assignments, match-ups and host sites for the CFP First Round games on campus, will be announced at a later date.

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