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The New Year's Six (NY6) bowls are the top six major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision bowl games: the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. The New Year's Six represent six of the ten oldest bowl games currently played at the FBS level. These six top-tier bowl games rotate the hosting of the two College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal games, which determine the teams that play in the final College Football Playoff National Championship game.[1] The rotation is set on a three-year cycle with the following pairings: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach.

New Year's Six
In operation2014–present
Preceded byBCS (19982013)
Bowl Alliance (19951997)
Bowl Coalition (19921994)
Number of New Year's Six games7 (championship game, 6 bowl games)
Television partner(s)ESPN (2014–present)
Most New Year's Six appearancesAlabama, Ohio State (5)
Most New Year's Six winsAlabama (6)
Conference with most appearancesSEC, Big Ten (14)
Conference with most game winsSEC (10)
Executive directorBill Hancock

The selection committee seeds and pairs the top four teams, and along with their final CFP rankings determine the participants for the other four non-playoff New Year's Six bowls that are not hosting the semifinals that year. These four non-playoff bowls are also referred to as the Selection Committee bowl games. These six games focus on the top 12 teams in the rankings; to date during the College Football Playoff era (2014 through 2018 seasons), of the 60 teams to play in a New Year's Six game, only six have been ranked lower than 12th.

Twelve schools are selected for these major, top tier bowls. These include the champions of the "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC). The highest-ranked champion from the "Group of Five" conferences (The American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) is guaranteed a berth if the group's top team is not in the playoff.[2]

History leading to the creation of the CFPEdit

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a selection system that created five bowl game match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of college football, including an opportunity for the top two teams to compete in the BCS National Championship Game. The system was in place for the 1998 through 2013 seasons and in 2014 was replaced by the College Football Playoff. The four-team playoffs consist of two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship. If New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, those games traditionally on New Year's Day will be played the next day on January 2 in deference to the National Football League's Week 17, which marks the end of the NFL regular season.

In June 2012, the BCS conference presidents approved the College Football Playoff to replace the Bowl Championship Series.[2] Three bowls, Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls, due to their contracts with power conferences were part of the rotating semi-playoff games with three more bowls to be named.[1] With issues about fairness and the Big East's BCS Automatic Qualifier conference status, talk of accommodating the Group of Seven leagues with a seventh participating bowl started up. On November 12, 2012 in Denver, the conference commissioners granted the top Group of Seven conference champion a guaranteed slot in one of the six premier bowls.[2] In July 2013, Cotton Bowl Classic, Fiesta Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl were selected as the other three rotating semi-playoff bowls ahead of the Holiday Bowl. Also, the BCS conference commissioners meetings selected Cowboys Stadium as the first host of the College Football Playoff Championship Game on January 12, 2015.[1]

Bowl game conference tie-insEdit

The following bowls have tie-ins with the following conference champions in the years they are not hosting playoff semifinals.

  • Rose Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12[3]
  • Sugar Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12[2]
  • Orange Bowl: ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame [4]

When the conference champion is unavailable, the bowls invite the next-best team from that conference. The Cotton,[1] Fiesta[3] and Peach Bowls have no conference tie-ins;[3] as such, the best conference champion from the Group of Five ends up in one of those bowls if it doesn't end up in a playoff semifinal.[2]

History and scheduleEdit

Games are listed in chronological order, with final CFP rankings, and win-loss records prior to the respective bowl being played.

2014 seasonEdit

Day Date Bowl City Winning team Losing team
Wednesday December 31, 2014 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA No. 6 TCU (11–1) 42 No. 9 Ole Miss (9–3) 3
Wednesday December 31, 2014 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ No. 20 Boise State (11–2) 38 No. 10 Arizona (10–3) 30
Wednesday December 31, 2014 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL No. 12 Georgia Tech (10–3) 49 No. 7 Mississippi State (10–2) 34
Thursday January 1, 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, TX No. 8 Michigan State (10–2) 42 No. 5 Baylor (11–1) 41
Thursday January 1, 2015 (CFP Semifinal) Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA No. 2 Oregon (12–1) 59 No. 3 Florida State (13–0) 20
Thursday January 1, 2015 (CFP Semifinal) Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA No. 4 Ohio State (12–1) 42 No. 1 Alabama (12–1) 35
Monday January 12, 2015 National Championship Game Arlington, TX No. 4 Ohio State (13–1) 42 No. 2 Oregon (13–1) 20

2015 seasonEdit

Day Date Bowl City Winning team Losing team
Thursday December 31, 2015 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA No. 18 Houston (12–1) 38 No. 9 Florida State (10–2) 24
Thursday December 31, 2015 (CFP Semifinal) Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL No. 1 Clemson (13–0) 37 No. 4 Oklahoma (11–1) 17
Thursday December 31, 2015 (CFP Semifinal) Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, TX No. 2 Alabama (12–1) 38 No. 3 Michigan State (12–1) 0
Friday January 1, 2016 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ No. 7 Ohio State (11–1) 44 No. 8 Notre Dame (10–2) 28
Friday January 1, 2016 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA No. 6 Stanford (11–2) 45 No. 5 Iowa (12–1) 16
Friday January 1, 2016 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA No. 12 Ole Miss (9–3) 48 No. 16 Oklahoma State (10–2) 20
Monday January 11, 2016 National Championship Game Glendale, AZ No. 2 Alabama (13–1) 45 No. 1 Clemson (14–0) 40

2016 seasonEdit

Day Date Bowl City Winning team Losing team
Friday December 30, 2016 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL No. 11 Florida State (9–3) 33 No. 6 Michigan (10–2) 32
Saturday December 31, 2016 (CFP Semifinal) Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA No. 1 Alabama (13–0) 24 No. 4 Washington (12–1) 7
Saturday December 31, 2016 (CFP Semifinal) Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ No. 2 Clemson (12–1) 31 No. 3 Ohio State (11–1) 0
Monday January 2, 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, TX No. 8 Wisconsin (10–3) 24 No. 15 Western Michigan (13–0) 16
Monday January 2, 2017 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA No. 9 USC (9–3) 52 No. 5 Penn State (11–2) 49
Monday January 2, 2017 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA No. 7 Oklahoma (10–2) 35 No. 14 Auburn (8–4) 19
Monday January 9, 2017 National Championship Game Tampa, FL No. 2 Clemson (13–1) 35 No. 1 Alabama (14–0) 31

2017 seasonEdit

Day Date Bowl City Winning team Losing team
Friday December 29, 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, TX No. 5 Ohio State (11–2) 24 No. 8 USC (11–2) 7
Saturday December 30, 2017 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ No. 9 Penn State (10–2) 35 No. 11 Washington (10–2) 28
Saturday December 30, 2017 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL No. 6 Wisconsin (12–1) 34 No. 10 Miami (FL) (10–2) 24
Monday January 1, 2018 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA No. 12 UCF (12–0) 34 No. 7 Auburn (10–3) 27
Monday January 1, 2018 (CFP Semifinal) Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA No. 3 Georgia (12–1) 54 No. 2 Oklahoma (12–1) 482OT
Monday January 1, 2018 (CFP Semifinal) Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA No. 4 Alabama (11–1) 24 No. 1 Clemson (12–1) 6
Monday January 8, 2018 National Championship Game Atlanta, GA No. 4 Alabama (12–1) 26 No. 3 Georgia (13–1) 23OT

2018 seasonEdit

Day Date Bowl City Winning team Losing team
Saturday December 29, 2018 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA No. 10 Florida (9–3) 41 No. 7 Michigan (10–2) 15
Saturday December 29, 2018 (CFP Semifinal) Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, TX No. 2 Clemson (13–0) 30 No. 3 Notre Dame (12–0) 3
Saturday December 29, 2018 (CFP Semifinal) Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL No. 1 Alabama (13–0) 45 No. 4 Oklahoma (12–1) 34
Tuesday January 1, 2019 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ No. 11 LSU (9–3) 40 No. 8 UCF (12–0) 32
Tuesday January 1, 2019 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA No. 6 Ohio State (12–1) 28 No. 9 Washington (10–3) 23
Tuesday January 1, 2019 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA No. 15 Texas (9–4) 28 No. 5 Georgia (11–2) 21
Monday January 7, 2019 National Championship Game Santa Clara, CA No. 2 Clemson (14–0) 44 No. 1 Alabama (14–0) 16

2019 seasonEdit

Day Date Bowl City Winning team Losing team
Saturday December 28, 2019 Cotton Bowl Classic Arlington, TX  
Saturday December 28, 2019 (CFP Semifinal) Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA  
Saturday December 28, 2019 (CFP Semifinal) Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ  
Monday December 30, 2019 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL  
Wednesday January 1, 2020 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA  
Wednesday January 1, 2020 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA  
Monday January 13, 2020 National Championship Game New Orleans, LA  

Source: [5][6]

Future gamesEdit

Season (bowl games) Cotton Orange Fiesta Peach Rose Sugar Championship (site)
2020 (2020–21) December 30 January 2 January 2 January 1 January 1  January 1  January 11 (Miami Gardens, FL)
2021 (2021–22) December 31  December 31  January 1 December 30 January 1 January 1 January 10 (Indianapolis, IN)
2022 (2022–23) January 2 December 30 December 31  December 31  January 2 January 2 January 9 (Los Angeles, CA)
2023 (2023–24) January 1 December 30 December 30 December 29 January 1  January 1  January 8 (Houston, TX)
2024 (2024–25) December 28  December 28  December 30 December 28 January 1 January 1 January 6 (TBD)
2025 (2025–26) December 27 December 30 December 27  December 27  January 1 January 1 January 5 (TBD)

  Denotes CFP semifinal games
Source: [7]

New Year's Six bowl appearancesEdit

New Year's Six bowl appearances by teamEdit

Appearances Games School W L Pct Games
5 9 Alabama 6 3 .667 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2015 Cotton Bowl+ (December 2015)
Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Peach Bowl+
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Orange Bowl+
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
5 6 Ohio State 5 1 .833 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl+ (December 2016)
Won 2017 Cotton Bowl (December 2017)
Won 2019 Rose Bowl
4 7 Clemson 5 2 .714 Won 2015 Orange Bowl+
Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl+ (December 2016)
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2018 Cotton Bowl+
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
4 4 Oklahoma 1 3 .250 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl+
Won 2017 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2018 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2018 Orange Bowl+
3 3 Florida State 1 2 .333 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2015 Peach Bowl
Won 2016 Orange Bowl
3 3 Washington 0 3 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl+
Lost 2017 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2019 Rose Bowl
2 3 Georgia 1 2 .333 Won 2018 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2019 Sugar Bowl
2 2 Wisconsin 2 0 1.000 Won 2017 Cotton Bowl (January 2017)
Won 2017 Orange Bowl
2 2 Michigan State 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (January 2015)
Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl+ (December 2015)
2 2 Ole Miss 1 1 .500 Lost 2014 Peach Bowl
Won 2016 Sugar Bowl
2 2 USC 1 1 .500 Won 2017 Rose Bowl
Lost 2017 Cotton Bowl (December 2017)
2 2 Penn State 1 1 .500 Lost 2017 Rose Bowl
Won 2017 Fiesta Bowl
2 2 UCF 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Peach Bowl (January 2018)
Lost 2019 Fiesta Bowl
2 2 Auburn 0 2 .000 Lost 2017 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2018 Peach Bowl (January 2018)
2 2 Michigan 0 2 .000 Lost 2016 Orange Bowl
Lost 2018 Peach Bowl (December 2018)
2 2 Notre Dame 0 2 .000 Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl+
1 2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 1 TCU 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Peach Bowl
1 1 Boise State 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Georgia Tech 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Orange Bowl
1 1 Houston 1 0 1.000 Won 2015 Peach Bowl
1 1 Stanford 1 0 1.000 Won 2016 Rose Bowl
1 1 Florida 1 0 1.000 Won 2018 Peach Bowl (December 2018)
1 1 LSU 1 0 1.000 Won 2019 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Texas 1 0 1.000 Won 2019 Sugar Bowl
1 1 Miami 0 1 .000 Lost 2017 Orange Bowl
1 1 Arizona 0 1 .000 Lost 2014 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Mississippi State 0 1 .000 Lost 2014 Orange Bowl
1 1 Baylor 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (January 2015)
1 1 Iowa 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Rose Bowl
1 1 Oklahoma State 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Sugar Bowl
1 1 Western Michigan 0 1 .000 Lost 2017 Cotton Bowl (January 2017)

+ Denotes CFP Semifinal

New Year's Six bowl appearances by conferenceEdit

Conference Appearances Games W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 14 19 10 9 .526 7 Alabama 5 (6–3)
Georgia 2 (1–2)
Ole Miss 2 (1–1)
Auburn 2 (0–2)
Florida 1 (1–0)
LSU 1 (1–0)
Mississippi State 1 (0–1)
Big Ten 14 15 9 6 .600 6 Ohio State 5 (5–1)
Wisconsin 2 (2–0)
Michigan State 2 (1–1)
Penn State 2 (1–1)
Michigan 2 (0–2)
Iowa 1 (0–1)
ACC 9 12 7 5 .583 4 Clemson 4 (5–2)
Florida State 3 (1–2)
Georgia Tech 1 (1–0)
Miami (FL) 1 (0–1)
Pac-12 8 9 3 6 .333 5 Washington 3 (0–3)
USC 2 (1–1)
Oregon 1 (1–1)
Stanford 1 (1–0)
Arizona 1 (0–1)
Big 12 8 8 3 5 .375 5 Oklahoma 4 (1–3)
TCU 1 (1–0)
Texas 1 (1–0)
Baylor 1 (0–1)
Oklahoma State 1 (0–1)
The American 3 3 2 1 .667 2 UCF 2 (1–1)
Houston 1 (1–0)
Independent 2 2 0 2 .000 1 Notre Dame 2 (0–2)
Mountain West 1 1 1 0 1.000 1 Boise State 1 (1–0)
MAC 1 1 0 1 .000 1 Western Michigan 1 (0–1)

Conference USA and Sun Belt Conference have never appeared in the New Year's Six.

College Football Playoff appearancesEdit

College Football Playoff appearances by teamEdit

Appearances Games School W L Pct Games
5 9 Alabama 6 3 .667 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (December 2015)
Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Peach Bowl
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Orange Bowl
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
4 7 Clemson 5 2 .714 Won 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (December 2016)
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 Cotton Bowl
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
3 3 Oklahoma 0 3 .000 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 Orange Bowl
2 3 Ohio State 2 1 .667 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (December 2016)
1 2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl
Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 2 Georgia 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 1 Florida State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl
1 1 Michigan State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (December 2015)
1 1 Washington 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl
1 1 Notre Dame 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl

College Football Playoff appearances by conferenceEdit

Conference Appearances Games W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 6 11 7 4 .636 2 Alabama 5 (6–3)
Georgia 1 (1–1)
ACC 5 8 5 3 .625 2 Clemson 4 (5–2)
Florida State 1 (0–1)
Big Ten 3 4 2 2 .500 2 Ohio State 2 (2–1)
Michigan State 1 (0–1)
Big 12 3 3 0 3 .000 1 Oklahoma 3 (0–3)
Pac-12 2 3 1 2 .333 2 Oregon 1 (1–1)
Washington 1 (0–1)
Independent 1 1 0 1 .000 1 Notre Dame 1 (0–1)

College Football Playoff National Championship appearancesEdit

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances by teamEdit

Appearances School W L Pct Games Title Season(s)
4 Alabama 2 2 .500 Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
2015, 2017
3 Clemson 2 1 .667 Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
2016, 2018
1 Ohio State 1 0 1.000 Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship 2014
1 Oregon 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 Georgia 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances by conferenceEdit

Conference Appearances W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 5 2 3 .400 2 Alabama (2–2)
Georgia (0–1)
ACC 3 2 1 .667 1 Clemson (2–1)
Big Ten 1 1 0 1.000 1 Ohio State (1–0)
Pac-12 1 0 1 .000 1 Oregon (0–1)

Big 12 Conference has never appeared in the CFP National Championship

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Staff reports (July 22, 2013). "Sources: 'New Year's Six' likely the working title for College Football Playoff's six bowl games". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e Stewart Mandel (12 November 2012). "Stewart Mandel: Big East, rest of 'Group of Five' score victory with six-bowl decision". SI.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c McMann, Aaron (November 30, 2018). "Michigan's bowl destination hinges on Ohio State and the playoff". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Daily Press (15 November 2012). "Teel Time: ACC, Orange Bowl announce ties with SEC, Big Ten, Notre Dame, ESPN". dailypress.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "2019-2020 College Football Playoff, New Year's Six, Bowl Schedule, Conference Matchups". CollegeFootballNews.com. January 14, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "86th Capital One Orange Bowl now Scheduled for Primetime". orangebowl.org (Press release). May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Dates Announced for College Football Playoff Games Through 2026". collegefootballplayoff.com (Press release). August 30, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2019.

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