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The College Football Playoff Semifinals kick off on New Year’s Eve — here’s how to livestream the Fiesta and Peach Bowls

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Georgia's Stetson Bennett celebrates after the College Football Playoff championship football game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Indianapolis. Georgia won 33-18. (Quarterback Stetson Bennet IV will attempt to lead Georgia to back-to-back national championships.

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  • The 2022 College Football Playoff begins December 31 with four teams in the semifinal round.
  • Georgia will play Ohio State in the Peach Bowl, while Michigan faces TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.
  • ESPN will air both semifinal bowl games, as well as the CFP national championship game set for January 9.

The 2022 College Football Playoff will feature Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and Ohio State, with each team looking to claim the national championship after a challenging season.

Michigan hopes to advance to its first national championship game after losing in last year’s semifinal round, while TCU is making its first College Football Playoff appearance. Ohio State lost against Michigan but will look to recover against defending national champion Georgia.

The winners of the semifinals will move onto the CFP National Championship on January 9. The national championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. Top-ranked Georgia won last year’s championship game over Alabama in Miami.

How to watch the College Football Playoff

You can watch the College Football Playoff on ESPN. The Fiesta Bowl starts first at 4 p.m. ET on December 31, and the Peach Bowl will follow at 8 p.m ET. The national championship game is then scheduled for January 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

If you already subscribe to ESPN through a cable or TV provider, you can log in to ESPN.com or the ESPN app with your pay-TV account to stream the College Football Playoff Semifinals and CFP National Championship. Keep in mind, however, the games are exclusive to the ESPN cable channel and are not included with an ESPN+ membership.

If you don’t already have ESPN through cable, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service with access to the network in order to stream the College Football Playoff. At $40 a month, Sling TV’s Orange plan is one of the most affordable services with ESPN.

YouTube TV is another good option with ESPN, since it offers a two-day trial that could be useful for watching the semifinal games or the CFP National Championship. After your trial, the service costs $55 a month for your first three months, and then $65 a month.

College Football Playoff schedule

Game

Date and time

Channel

(#2) Michigan vs. (#3) Texas Christian University 

December 31, 4 p.m. ET

ESPN

(#1) Georgia vs. (#4) Ohio State

December 31, 8 p.m. ET

ESPN

CFP National Championship

January 9, 7:30 p.m. ET

ESPN

How are College Football Playoff teams selected?

The four College Football Playoff teams were chosen by a selection committee based on their regular season record, strength of schedule, championships won, and other factors. The committee has agreed to expand the playoff to a 12-team format starting with the 2024 season.

Other college football bowl games are filled by teams that won their conferences and by invitation.

Where is each College Football Playoff game being played?

The Vrbo Fiesta Bowl between Michigan and TCU will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl featuring Ohio State and Georgia will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The national championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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