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College Football Playoff 2023-’24: Final CFP rankings, CFP Semifinal predictions

Who will make the College Football Playoff in 2024? We finally have our answer to who will be participating in the 2023-’24 CFB Playoff.

With the 2023 college football regular season and conference championship games over, it’s time to look at the final College Football Playoff picture before the official CFP rankings come out on Sunday.

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College Football Playoff odds 2023

Here are the latest national championship odds in college football, per BetMGM.

  • Michigan – +170
  • Alabama – +200
  • Texas – +300
  • Washington – +700

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023-’24 college football playoffs, including the schedule for January and our playoff bracket predictions.

College Football Playoffs rankings 2023-’24

Sportsnaut’s CFP rankings Week 14

  1. Michigan Wolverines
  2. Washington Huskies
  3. Texas Longhorns
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide
  5. Georgia Bulldogs
  6. Florida State Seminoles
  7. Ohio State Buckeyes
  8. Oregon Ducks
  9. Missouri Tigers
  10. Ole Miss Rebels
  11. Penn State Nittany Lions
  12. Arizona Wildcats
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Oklahoma Sooners
  15. Iowa Hawkeyes
  16. Tulane Green Wave
  17. Louisville Cardinals
  18. Liberty Flames
  19. Oregon State Beavers
  20. Toledo Rockets
  21. SMU Mustangs
  22. Tennessee Volunteers
  23. James Madison Dukes
  24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  25. NC State Wolfpack

College Football Playoff rankings Week 13

  1. Michigan Wolverines
  2. Washington Huskies
  3. Texas Longhorns
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide
  5. Florida State Seminoles
  6. Georgia Bulldogs
  7. Oregon Ducks
  8. Ohio State Buckeyes
  9. Missouri Tigers
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions
  11. Ole Miss Rebels
  12. Oklahoma Sooners
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Louisville Cardinals
  15. Arizona Wildcats
  16. Iowa Hawkeyes
  17. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  18. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  19. NC State Wolfpack
  20. Oregon State Beavers
  21. Tennessee Volunteers
  22. Tulane Green Wave
  23. Clemson Tigers
  24. Liberty Flames
  25. Kansas State Wildcats

College Football Playoff Predictions

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Our predictions for the 2023-’24 college football playoff bracket is based on our top-25 rankings and our projections for the upcoming season. As always, we’ll provide weekly updated projections and begin releasing our own playoff rankings in October. When the official CFP rankings are released, you can find them here.

Sugar Bowl: (2) Washington Huskies over (3) Texas Longhorns

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Championship-Oregon at Washington
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Nearly a double-digit underdog against Oregon, Michael Penix Jr. and the Washington Huskies responded with another victory. Washington isn’t just undefeated, it has one of the strongest resumes in college football and easily belongs a tier above Florida State. With a matchup against Texas in the Sugar Bowl, Penix Jr. and Washington have a legitimate shot at advancing to the national championship game.

The Texas Longhorns made a statement in the Big 12 Championship Game, utterly dismantling Oklahoma State. While the Longhorns have been perfect since that loss to Oklahoma, they really lacked the game that demonstrated their dominance. We saw it on Saturday afternoon and with Georgia losing in the SEC title game, Texas earned a top-four spot in the College Football Playoff.

  • Sugar Bowl prediction: Washington Huskies 31, Texas Longhorns 28

Rose Bowl: (4) Alabama Crimson Tide over (1) Georgia Bulldogs

NCAA Football: SEC Football Championship-Georgia at Alabama
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The Michigan Wolverines are one of the best teams in college football, especially with Jim Harbaugh back on the sideline. While we’ve lost some confidence in J.J. McCarthy, he’s still a high-end college quarterback who can make some money throws in big spots. What separates Michigan from Washington is the Wolverines’ defense and run game. We’re projecting a CFP Semifinal matchup against Alabama and the committee felt the same.

The Alabama Crimson Tide played like one of the four best teams in college football from October on and they went into the SEC Championship Game and snapped Georgia’s historic 29-game winning streak. Florida State earned a spot in the CFP Semifinal with its undefeated record and ACC title, but Alabama is the healthier and better football team. Let’s not forget, the CFP committee cares about the entertainment product and TV ratings, whether that’s admitted or not. Alabama is a better team than Florida State without Jordan Travis and the Crimson Tide are a better matchup for Michigan.

  • Rose Bowl prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide 27, Michigan Wolverines 24

CFP National Championship: (4) Alabama Crimson Tide 34, (2) Washington Huskies 31

College Football Playoff outlook

Which 4 teams are in the College Football Playoffs?

The Michigan Wolverines, Washington Huskies, Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide are in the College Football Playoffs.

Who is No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings?

The Michigan Wolverines are No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2023 season.

College Football Playoff schedule 2024

Here’s the three-game schedule for the 2023-’24 CFB Playoffs.

  • Rose Bowl – Monday, January 1 – 5 PM ET – ESPN
  • Sugar Bowl – Monday, January 1 – 8:45 PM ET – ESPN
  • National Championship Game: Monday, January 8 – TBA – ESPN

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When are the College Football Playoffs?

The 2024 College Football Playoffs begin on January 1 with the Rose Bowl (5 PM ET) and the Sugar Bowl (8:45 PM ET) and concludes with the CFP National Championship Game on Monday, January 8 at 7:30 PM ET.

CFP Playoff schedule

DateBowl GameLocationTime (ET)TV Info
Monday, Jan. 1, 2024Alabama vs MichiganPasadena, California5:00 PMESPN
Monday, Jan. 1, 2024Texas vs WashingtonNew Orleans, Louisiana8:45 PMESPN
Monday, Jan. 8, 2024National ChampionshipHouston, TexasTBAESPN

College Football Playoff history

Here is everything you need to know about the history of the CFB Playoff since it began.

College Football Playoff results by year

  • 2022 CFB Playoffs
    • Fiesta Bowl: (3) TCU) 51, (2) Michigan 45
    • Peach Bowl: (1) Georgia 42, (2) Ohio State 41
    • Championship: (1) Georgia 65, (3) TCU 7
  • 2021 CFB Playoffs
    • Cotton Bowl: (1) Alabama 27, (4) Cincinnati 6
    • Orange Bowl: (3) Georgia 34, (2) Michigan 11
    • Championship: (3) Georgia 33, (1) Alabama 13
  • 2020 CFB Playoffs
    • Sugar Bowl: (3) Ohio State 49, (2) Clemson 28
    • Rose Bowl: (1) Alabama 31, (4) Notre Dame 14
    • Championship: (1) Alabama 52, (3) Ohio State 24
  • 2019 CFB Playoffs
    • Peach Bowl: (1) LSU 63, (4) Oklahoma 28
    • Fiesta Bowl: (3) Clemson 29, (2) Ohio State 23
    • Championship: (1) LSU 42, (3) Clemson 25
  • 2018 CFB Playoffs
    • Orange Bowl: (1) Alabama 35, (4) Oklahoma 34
    • Cotton Bowl: (2) Clemson 30, (3) Notre Dame 3
    • Championship: (2) Clemson 44, (1) Alabama 16
  • 2017 CFB Playoffs
    • Rose Bowl: (3) Georgia 54, (2) Oklahoma 48 — DOUBLE OVERTIME
    • Sugar Bowl: (4) Alabama 24, (1) Clemson 6
    • Championship: (4) Alabama 26, (3) Georgia 23 — OVERTIME
  • 2016 CFB Playoffs
    • Peach Bowl: (1) Alabama 24, (4) Washington 7
    • Fiesta Bowl: (2) Clemson 31, (3) Ohio State 0
    • Championship: (2) Clemson 35, (1) Alabama 31
  • 2015 CFB Playoffs
    • Orange Bowl: (1) Clemson 37, (4) Oklahoma 17
    • Cotton Bowl: (2) Alabama 38, (3) Michigan State 0
    • Championship: (2) Alabama 45, (1) Clemson 40
  • 2014 CFB Playoffs
    • Rose Bowl: (2) Oregon 59, (3) Florida State 20
    • Sugar Bowl: (4) Ohio State 42, (1) Alabama 35
    • Championship: (4) Ohio State 42, (2) Oregon 20

What teams have won the College Football Playoffs?

The Ohio State Buckeyes (2014), LSU Tigers (2019), Alabama Crimson Tide (2015, ’17 and 2020), Clemson Tigers (2016, ’18) and Georgia Bulldogs (2021-’22) have all won the College Football Playoff.

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What college football team has been th the playoffs the most?

The Alabama Crimson Tide have the most College Football Playoff appearances (seven) and the most CFP wins (nine) in NCAA history.

How many years has there been a College Football Playoff?

The College Football Playoff has been around for 10 years, including the upcoming 2024 CFP.

Has the number one seed ever won the College Football Playoff?

The No. 1 seed has won the College Football Playoff three times in nine years. The No. 2 seed has won three times, the No. 4 seed has won twice and the No. 3 seed has won once.

How much does the College Football playoff payout 2023?

Each team that makes the College Football Playoff is rewarded with $6 million from the CFP. Each conference also receives $6 million for each team that makes the playoffs.

When will the College Football Playoffs expand?

The CFP Playoff is expanding to 12 teams, delivering exactly what college football fans wanted for years. However, it won’t be happening immediately.

A 12-team College Football Playoff is set to happen in 2026 following the unanimous ruling from the CFP’s board of managers. However, there’s a possibility the new format will happen earlier. If the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director can approve key logistics of playoff expansion, we could see a 12-team bracket by 2024.

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