Future playoff semifinals will be on Saturdays, holidays only
IRVING, Texas - Future College Football Playoff semifinal games will now be on Saturdays and holidays, according to a CFP announcement on Thursday.
The adjustment will made to years 5, 6, 11 and 12 to ensure maximum college football enjoyment.
“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the CFP.
However, Hancock did point out that the semifinals do remain on one weekday in 2021. Luckily, that weekday is New Year’s Eve, which means most would be off work due to the federally observed holiday.
“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better. These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much. For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”
If you're still confused about what exactly is happening based on the official CFP site's description. Here's a direct quote from USAToday that explains it somewhat better:
Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told USA TODAY Sports the event’s management committee has decided to change the dates of the Playoff semifinals in four of seven years when those games were scheduled for Dec. 31. They now will instead be played on the preceding Saturday. The other three years, New Year’s Day falls on Saturday or is designated a Federal holiday.
“We looked at the replay,” Hancock said, “and we reversed the call.”
Below is a screengrab of the dates of the future seminfinals with asterisks indicating years when the schedule had to be modified: