Dates, start times announced for New Year's Six bowl games

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The College Football Playoff committee released the dates and start times for the New Year's Six bowl games, including the two College Football Playoff semifinals. 

The Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl will be the two bowl games hosting the semifinals. Under the playoff, two of the six New Year's bowls host the the semifinals on a rotating basis. 

In a new twist, the semifinals will be played on Dec. 31 instead of Jan. 1 as they were last season. One of the semifinals will kick off at 4 pm ET on New Year's Eve, while the other will kick off later that evening at 8 pm ET. The order of the two semifinals will be determined in December.

If the Orange Bowl is selected for the 4 pm ET kickoff time, it will be the first time in 51 years that the game has not kicked off in prime time, according to's Matt Smith

The Cotton Bowl, which has annually been played on New Year's Day until the past few postseasons, has only been played on Dec. 31 once in its 80 year history, back when Georgia defeated SMU 24–9 in 1966.

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The Orange Bowl, also traditionally played on New Year's Day, has been played on Dec. 31 twice in 82 years, most recently last year when Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi State 49–34. 

The Cotton and Orange Bowls will share Dec. 31 with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, which starts at Noon ET.

On New Year's Day, the Fiesta Bowl will begin at 1 pm ET, the Rose Bowl will kick off at 5 pm ET, while the Sugar Bowl will start at 8:30 pm ET. 

The Championship of the second-ever College Football Playoff will take place Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz. 


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