CFP sets schedule rotation through 2025 season

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The College Football Playoff on Thursday announced that it has set its schedule rotation through the 2025 season, which will be the end of the Playoff's original 12-year contract.

After the New Year's Eve fiasco of the 2015 season, the CFP has moved its semifinals off of Dec. 31 unless it happens to fall on a Friday or a Saturday, as it did in 2016. In such years, the semifinals will be on the Saturday before New Year's Eve.

The Rose and Sugar bowls will remain on New Year's Day regardless of whether or not they are hosting semifinal games in a given year. The four other games -- Orange, Peach, Cotton and Fiesta -- will rotate anywhere from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, depending on how the schedule happens to fall in a given year.

Here is how the schedule will work through the end of the CFP's contract.

2018-19

Saturday, December 29 – Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl semifinal, Orange Bowl semifinal 

Tuesday, January 1 – Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 7 – CFP National Championship (Santa Clara)

2019-20

Saturday, December 28 – Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl semifinal, Peach Bowl semifinal

Wednesday, January 1 – Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 13 – CFP National Championship (New Orleans)

2020-21

Wednesday, December 30 – Cotton Bowl

Friday, January 1 – Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl Game semifinal, Sugar Bowl semifinal

Saturday, January 2 – Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl

Monday, January 11 – CFP National Championship (Miami-South Florida)

2021-22

Thursday, December 30 – Peach Bowl

Friday, December 31Cotton Bowl semifinal, Orange Bowl semifinal 

Saturday, January 1 – Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 10 – CFP National Championship (Indianapolis)

2022-23

Friday, December 30 – Orange Bowl

Saturday, December 31Fiesta Bowl semifinal, Peach Bowl semifinal

Monday January 2 – Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 9 – CFP National Championship (Los Angeles)

2023-24

Friday, December 29 – Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 30 – Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl

Monday, January 1 – Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl Game semifinal, Sugar Bowl semifinal

Monday, January 8 – CFP National Championship (Houston)

2024-25

Saturday, December 28 – Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl semifinal, Orange Bowl semifinal

Monday, December 30 – Fiesta Bowl

Wednesday, January 1 – Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 6 – CFP National Championship (site TBD)

2025-26

Saturday, December 27 – Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl semifinal, Peach Bowl semifinal

Tuesday, December 30 – Orange Bowl

Thursday, January 1 – Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 5 – CFP National Championship (site TBD)