New Year's Six

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New Year's Six
In operation2014–present
Preceded byBCS (19982013)
Bowl Alliance (19951997)
Bowl Coalition (19921994)
Number of New Year's Six games7 (championship game, 6 bowl games)
Television partner(s)ESPN (2014–present)
Most New Year's Six appearancesAlabama, Ohio State (5)
Most New Year's Six winsAlabama (6)
Conference with most appearancesSEC, Big Ten (14)
Conference with most game winsSEC (10)
Executive directorBill Hancock

The New Year's Six (NY6) bowls are the top six major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision bowl games: the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. The New Year's Six represent six of the ten oldest bowl games currently played at the FBS level. These 6 top-tier bowl games rotate the hosting of the two College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal games, which determine the teams that play in the final College Football Playoff National Championship game.[1] The rotation is set on a three-year cycle with the following pairings: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach.

The selection committee seeds and pairs the top four teams, and along with their final CFP rankings determine the participants for the other four non-playoff New Year's Six bowls that are not hosting the semifinals that year. These four non-playoff bowls are also referred to as the Selection Committee bowl games. These six games focus on the top 12 teams in the rankings, with only six teams ranked lower than 12th (all six were still ranked in the top 20) having ever played in the New Year's Six since the College Football Playoff system was inaugurated.

Twelve schools are selected for these major, top tier bowls. These include the champions of the "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC). The highest-ranked champion from the "Group of Five" conferences (The American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) is guaranteed a berth if the group's top team is not in the playoff.[2]

History leading to the creation of the CFP[edit]

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a selection system that created five bowl game match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of college football, including an opportunity for the top two teams to compete in the BCS National Championship Game. The system was in place for the 1998 through 2013 seasons and in 2014 was replaced by the College Football Playoff. The four-team playoffs consist of two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship. If New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, those games traditionally on New Year's Day will be played the next day on January 2 in deference to the National Football League's Week 17, which marks the end of the NFL regular season.

In June 2012, the BCS conference presidents approved the College Football Playoff to replace the Bowl Championship Series.[2] Three bowls, Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls, due to their contracts with power conferences were part of the rotating semi-playoff games with three more bowls to be named.[1] With issues about fairness and the Big East's BCS Automatic Qualifier conference status, talk of accommodating the Group of Seven leagues with a seventh participating bowl started up. On November 12, 2012 in Denver, the conference commissioners granted the top Group of Seven conference champion a guaranteed slot in one of the six premier bowls.[2] In July 2013, Cotton Bowl Classic, Fiesta Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl were selected as the other three rotating semi-playoff bowls ahead of the Holiday Bowl. Also, the BCS conference commissioners meetings selected Cowboys Stadium as the first host of the College Football Playoff Championship Game on January 12, 2015.[1]

Bowl game conference tie-ins[edit]

The following bowls have tie-ins with the following conference champions in the years they are not hosting playoff semifinals.

  • Rose Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12[3]
  • Sugar Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12[2]
  • Orange Bowl: ACC [2]

When the conference champion is unavailable, the bowls invite the next-best team from that conference. The Cotton,[1] Fiesta[3] and Peach Bowls have no conference tie-ins;[3] as such, the best conference champion from the Group of Five ends up in one of those bowls if it doesn't end up in a playoff semifinal.[2]

History and schedule[edit]

The games are listed in chronological order, the rankings reflecting the final CFP rankings, and the win-loss data was prior to the respective NY6 Bowl.

2014–15 season[edit]

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2014 regular season:

2015–16 season[edit]

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2015 regular season:

2016–17 season[edit]

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2016 regular season:

2017–18 season[edit]

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2017 regular season:

2018–19 season[edit]

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2018 regular season:

New Year's Six bowl appearances[edit]

New Year's Six bowl appearances by team[edit]

Appearances Games School W L Pct Games
5 9 Alabama 6 3 .667 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2015 Cotton Bowl+ (December 2015)
Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Peach Bowl+
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Orange Bowl+
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
5 6 Ohio State 5 1 .833 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl+ (December 2016)
Won 2017 Cotton Bowl (December 2017)
Won 2019 Rose Bowl
4 7 Clemson 5 2 .714 Won 2015 Orange Bowl+
Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl+ (December 2016)
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2018 Cotton Bowl+
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
4 4 Oklahoma 1 3 .250 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl+
Won 2017 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2018 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2018 Orange Bowl+
3 3 Florida State 1 2 .333 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2015 Peach Bowl
Won 2016 Orange Bowl
3 3 Washington 0 3 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl+
Lost 2017 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2019 Rose Bowl
2 3 Georgia 1 2 .333 Won 2018 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2019 Sugar Bowl
2 2 Wisconsin 2 0 1.000 Won 2017 Cotton Bowl (January 2017)
Won 2017 Orange Bowl
2 2 Michigan State 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (January 2015)
Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl+ (December 2015)
2 2 Ole Miss 1 1 .500 Lost 2014 Peach Bowl
Won 2016 Sugar Bowl
2 2 USC 1 1 .500 Won 2017 Rose Bowl
Lost 2017 Cotton Bowl (December 2017)
2 2 Penn State 1 1 .500 Lost 2017 Rose Bowl
Won 2017 Fiesta Bowl
2 2 UCF 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Peach Bowl (January 2018)
Lost 2019 Fiesta Bowl
2 2 Auburn 0 2 .000 Lost 2017 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2018 Peach Bowl (January 2018)
2 2 Michigan 0 2 .000 Lost 2016 Orange Bowl
Lost 2018 Peach Bowl (December 2018)
2 2 Notre Dame 0 2 .000 Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl+
1 2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 1 TCU 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Peach Bowl
1 1 Boise State 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Georgia Tech 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Orange Bowl
1 1 Houston 1 0 1.000 Won 2015 Peach Bowl
1 1 Stanford 1 0 1.000 Won 2016 Rose Bowl
1 1 Florida 1 0 1.000 Won 2018 Peach Bowl (December 2018)
1 1 LSU 1 0 1.000 Won 2019 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Texas 1 0 1.000 Won 2019 Sugar Bowl
1 1 Arizona 0 1 .000 Lost 2014 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Mississippi State 0 1 .000 Lost 2014 Orange Bowl
1 1 Baylor 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (January 2015)
1 1 Iowa 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Rose Bowl
1 1 Oklahoma State 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Sugar Bowl
1 1 Western Michigan 0 1 .000 Lost 2017 Cotton Bowl (January 2017)
1 1 Miami (FL) 0 1 .000 Lost 2017 Orange Bowl

+ Denotes CFP Semifinal

New Year's Six bowl appearances by conference[edit]

Conference Appearances Games W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 14 19 10 9 .526 7 Alabama 5 (6–3)
Georgia 2 (1–2)
Ole Miss 2 (1–1)
Auburn 2 (0–2)
Florida 1 (1–0)
LSU 1 (1–0)
Mississippi State 1 (0–1)
Big Ten 14 15 9 6 .600 6 Ohio State 5 (5–1)
Wisconsin 2 (2–0)
Michigan State 2 (1–1)
Penn State 2 (1–1)
Michigan 2 (0–2)
Iowa 1 (0–1)
ACC 9 12 7 5 .583 4 Clemson 4 (5–2)
Florida State 3 (1–2)
Georgia Tech 1 (1–0)
Miami (FL) 1 (0–1)
Pac-12 8 9 3 6 .333 5 Washington 3 (0–3)
USC 2 (1–1)
Oregon 1 (1–1)
Stanford 1 (1–0)
Arizona 1 (0–1)
Big 12 8 8 3 5 .375 5 Oklahoma 4 (1–3)
TCU 1 (1–0)
Texas 1 (1–0)
Baylor 1 (0–1)
Oklahoma State 1 (0–1)
The American 3 3 2 1 .667 2 UCF 2 (1–1)
Houston 1 (1–0)
Independent 2 2 0 2 .000 1 Notre Dame 2 (0–2)
Mountain West 1 1 1 0 1.000 1 Boise State 1 (1–0)
MAC 1 1 0 1 .000 1 Western Michigan 1 (0–1)

Conference USA and Sun Belt Conference have never appeared in the New Year's Six.

College Football Playoff appearances[edit]

College Football Playoff appearances by team[edit]

Appearances Games School W L Pct Games
5 9 Alabama 6 3 .667 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (December 2015)
Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Peach Bowl
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Orange Bowl
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
4 7 Clemson 5 2 .714 Won 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (December 2016)
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 Cotton Bowl
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
3 3 Oklahoma 0 3 .000 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 Orange Bowl
2 3 Ohio State 2 1 .667 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (December 2016)
1 2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl
Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 2 Georgia 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 1 Florida State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl
1 1 Michigan State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (December 2015)
1 1 Washington 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl
1 1 Notre Dame 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl

College Football Playoff appearances by conference[edit]

Conference Appearances Games W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 6 11 7 4 .636 2 Alabama 5 (6–3)
Georgia 1 (1–1)
ACC 5 8 5 3 .625 2 Clemson 4 (5–2)
Florida State 1 (0–1)
Big Ten 3 4 2 2 .500 2 Ohio State 2 (2–1)
Michigan State 1 (0–1)
Big 12 3 3 0 3 .000 1 Oklahoma 3 (0–3)
Pac-12 2 3 1 2 .333 2 Oregon 1 (1–1)
Washington 1 (0–1)
Independent 1 1 0 1 .000 1 Notre Dame 1 (0–1)

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances[edit]

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances by team[edit]

Appearances School W L Pct Games Title Season(s)
4 Alabama 2 2 .500 Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
2015, 2017
3 Clemson 2 1 .667 Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
2016, 2018
1 Ohio State 1 0 1.000 Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship 2014
1 Oregon 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 Georgia 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances by conference[edit]

Conference Appearances W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 5 2 3 .400 2 Alabama (2–2)
Georgia (0–1)
ACC 3 2 1 .667 1 Clemson (2–1)
Big Ten 1 1 0 1.000 1 Ohio State (1–0)
Pac-12 1 0 1 .000 1 Oregon (0–1)

Big 12 Conference has never appeared in the CFP National Championship

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Staff reports (July 22, 2013). "Sources: 'New Year's Six' likely the working title for College Football Playoff's six bowl games". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Stewart Mandel (12 November 2012). "Stewart Mandel: Big East, rest of 'Group of Five' score victory with six-bowl decision". SI.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c McMann, Aaron (November 30, 2018). "Michigan's bowl destination hinges on Ohio State and the playoff". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved December 4, 2018.

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