Here's a look at the entire College Football Playoff and college Expert picks: Who will make the College Football Playoff? here's a look at the college football bowl lineup and playoff schedule. Play now for free!. Credit Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports, via Reuters. By the end of the season, most of the College Football Playoff contenders' 12 or 13 games But a few games will prove defining for who was beaten, and where and how. Not including the conference championships, which will be played on Dec. Playoff Semifinals. Rose Bowl Jan. 1, Sugar Bowl Jan. 1. National Championship . Atlanta, GA Monday, Jan. National Championship. Santa Clara, CA Monday.