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January decides who will be named college national champs.

This year, it's the 2018 Cotton Bowl and 2018 Orange Bowl that serve as the semifinals. Both games will played on December 29, 2018 on ESPN -- followed by the national championship game televised on Monday, January 7, 2019 on ESPN beginning at 8:00PM ET live from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

2019 college football championship bracket

Under the new rules established in 2014, semifinals currently rotate among six different bowl games. They are the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Peach Bowl.

Much like the NFL playoffs, teams are seeded according to their performances throughout the year. The top four teams then go on to the semifinals, leading to the national championship to determine the current seaon's No. 1 team.

2018 National Championship rewind

As it turned out, the 2018 championship was one for the ages. The Tide trailed 13-0 at halftime, and 20-7 in the third quarter. With three minutes left to play, Alabama battled back to tie up the game 20-20 - and in a nail biter up until the final moments The Tide came back to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime, 26-23.

All about the College Football National Championship

First introduced as the cap to the 1998 college bowl season, the final game of year was rotated among the four top bowl games - the Rose BowlOrange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl. By the  2006 season, however, the BCS National Championship Game became a separate event, traditionally played a week after the New Year. And so it remained until 2015.

The decision to revamp the national college football championship effectively put an end to the BCS game in favor of a four-game playoff in a move that promised to please a legion of college football fans who had been clamoring about the much-need change for years.

Further separating itself from the BCA crystal trophy of years past, the new format also introduces the first college football playoff national championship trophy which was first awarded to Ohio State who defeated Oregon 42-20 at the inaugural national championship game on January 12, 2015.

College Football National Championship around the Web:

College Football Championship Game - Wikipedia

College Football on Yahoo! Sports - Browse the complete college football breakdown with the latest news, rumors, scores & standings, related slide shows & photo galleries, broadcast schedule.

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