The Georgia Bulldogs are national championships and even as they celebrate, the race to the 2023 College Football Playoff is already underway. While the start of the 2022 college football season is months in the future, it’s never too early to look ahead.
As part of our early 2022 season forecast, we’re looking ahead to the 2023 CFB Playoffs. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the CFP Semifinal dates, locates, the championship favorites and more.
Bookmark this page for in-season updates on the latest CFB Playoff rankings, schedule, bowl projections and matchup previews.
College Football Playoffs schedule: When are the CFB Playoffs?
The 2022-2023 College Football Playoffs will begin on December 31. Official start times for the games remain undetermined. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. While the Fiesta Bowl will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
- CFP Semifinal Game – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Saturday, Dec. 31 @ Time TBD
- CFP Semifinal Game – PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Saturday, Dec. 31 @ Time TBD
Where will the College Football playoffs national championship be played?
The 2023 CFP National Championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Monday, January 9. It will be broadcast on ESPN.
New Year’s Six games schedule
- Capital One Orange Bowl: Friday, Dec. 30 2022 on ESPN at Hard Rock Stadium
- Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Monday, Jan. 2 2023 on ESPN at AT&T Stadium
- Rose Bowl Game: Monday, Jan. 2 2023 on ESPN (5 PM) at Rose Bowl Stadium
- Allstate Sugar Bowl: Monday, Jan. 2 2023 on ESPN (8:30 EST) at Caesars Superdome
2023 College Football Playoff odds: Who will win the CFP national championship next season?
The latest 2023 college football national championship odds are via BetMGM.
- Alabama: +200
- Georgia: +250
- Ohio State: +600
- Clemson: +1200
- Michigan: +3500
- Oklahoma: +3500
- Texas A&M: +3500
- USC Trojans: +3500
- Florida: +5000
- Oregon: +5000
- Utah: +5000
- Texas: +5000
When are the College Football Playoff rankings released?
While an official date for the College Football Playoff rankings isn’t set, the 2022 rankings were first released on Nov. 2. The first edition of the 2023 rankings will likely be released on Nov. 1, 2022.
2023 College Football Playoff projections
Sportsnaut’s preliminary 2023 CFB Playoffs projections are based on our 2022 top-25 rankings and projected rosters for the upcoming season.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: (1) Alabama Crimson Tide vs (4) Utah Utes
It’s no surprise that Alabama is the 2023 CFP championship favorite. Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr., two of the best players in the nation, can lead this team to the the mountain top once again. With improvements from the offensive line and a healthier receiving corps bodes well for the Crimson Tide. Plus, playoff appearances are the expectation for Nick Saban.
The Utah Utes are poised to take a step forward in 2022. They finished the season as a top-10 team, overcoming tragic losses of teammates and finishing the year strong. Quarterback Cameron Rising could be the program’s best signal-caller in years, serving as the missing piece to put a program with an excellent rushing attack and a great defense over the top. Facing a Florida program in transition to open the 2022 season, we expect Utah to make an early statement.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: (2) Ohio State Buckeyes vs. (3) Texas A&M Aggies
Heisman Trophy candidates C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are all returning for the fall. While the Ohio State schedule (vs. Notre Dame, @ Michigan State, vs. Michigan) will be challenging next season, they should be favored in every matchup. Pair an elite offense with the new addition of defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and you’ve got a well-rounded team that belongs in the College Football Playoff.
Expectations are high for Jimbo Fisher’s program in 2022. Texas A&M is bringing back 10 of its starters from the 2021 season, upgrading at quarterback (Max Johnson) and welcoming in the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022. Considering 2021 was meant to be a transition year for the Aggies and they still finished 8-4 with a win over Alabama, this team could make the playoffs this season.