The College Football Playoff begins on Dec. 31, and Penn State will not be part of it. Here's a look at the entire College Football Playoff and college football bowl lineup for. The Road to the Playoff - Tampa Bay Bound · Playoff Semifinal Head Coach News Conference - 12/8. Show more videos Atlanta · Tickets · Sites & Schedules · Sugar Bowl. RANK, SCHOOL, RECORD, PREVIOUS. 1, Alabama, , 1. 2, Clemson, , 3. 3, Ohio State, , 2. 4, Washington, , 4. 5, Penn State. (CNN) The College Football Playoff National Championship game is coming up Monday. Other than being a mouthful to say -- it needs. The College Football Playoff National Championship is an upcoming bowl game that will determine the national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college.