Georgia coach Kirby Smart speaks to the media on the first day of spring football practice in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

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CFP schedule runs into late January in 2024, 2025

The 2024 and 2025 College Football Playoff schedule covers more than one month and extends to the second half of January.

Championship games both seasons will be played only two months before many programs begin spring practice.

All four first-round games in the expanded playoff structure will be played on the campus of the highest-ranked team in a given matchup. Established bowl games and sites will take over the CFP with the quarterfinals through the national championship.

The 2024 national title game will be played Monday, Jan. 20, 2025, in Atlanta.

For context, the 2023 national champion Georgia Bulldogs won the second of their back-to-back titles with a 65-7 win over TCU on Jan. 9. The Bulldogs began spring practice on March 14.

Programs are permitted 15 on-field practices during spring.

Auburn, Missouri and Vanderbilt were among teams who opened spring practice in February. Indiana, USC and Texas all began spring practice the first week of March in 2023.

CFP schedule, 2024 season
First Round (On-campus games)
Friday, December 20, 2024: One game (evening)
Saturday, December 21, 2024: Three games (early afternoon, late afternoon and evening)

Tuesday, December 31, 2024: Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (evening)
Wednesday, January 1, 2025: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (early afternoon), Rose Bowl Game (late afternoon) and Allstate Sugar Bowl (evening)

Thursday, January 9, 2025: Capital One Orange Bowl (evening)
Friday, January 10, 2025: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (evening)

CFP National Championship
Monday, January 20, 2025: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.

CFP schedule, 2025 Season
First Round (On-campus games)
Friday, December 19, 2025: One game (evening)
Saturday, December 20, 2025: Three games (early afternoon, late afternoon and evening)

Wednesday, December 31, 2025: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (evening)
Thursday, January 1, 2026: Capital One Orange Bowl (early afternoon), Rose Bowl Game (late afternoon) and Allstate Sugar Bowl (evening)

Thursday, January 8, 2026: Vrbo Fiesta Bowl (evening)
Friday, January 9, 2026: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (evening)

CFP National Championship
Monday, January 19, 2026: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2023; Paradise, NV, USA; AFC receiver Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins (10) during Pro Bowl Games practice at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill plans to retire after 2025 season

Miami Dolphins fans have three more seasons to enjoy the Cheetah.

Tyreek Hill said he’s planning to retire at the end of his current contract with the Dolphins, then it’s onto something else. Hill made the comments during a radio interview with Sports Radio 810 WHB on Wednesday.

The 2025 season would be Hill’s 10th in the league and, according to him, his final.

“I’m going for 10, man,” said Hill, who will be 31 years old in the 2025 season. “I’m gonna finish out this contract with the Dolphins and then I’m gonna call it quits. I want to go into the business side. I want to do so many things in my life, bro.”

Hill signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Dolphins after being traded to the club in March 2022. He is the highest-paid receiver in the NFL in terms of annual average value, per Spotrac.

“So I really want to get into like the gaming space,” Hill said. “I really want to get huge in that and that’s kind of what I’m doing right now. I’m using my platform, creating a gaming team, which isn’t launched yet. It should launch by the end of this month. I’m gonna just sign like different content creators, different athletes. I just been working that, talking to different sponsors.”

Hill also had a message for Chiefs’ fans, who will see Hill and the Dolphins visit Kansas City at some point during the 2023 season. While opponents have been released, the week-to-week schedules have not. Hill spent six seasons with the Chiefs prior to the trade, winning a Super Bowl ring.

“Chiefs Kingdom, when the Miami Dolphins come to Arrowhead Stadium this year, guess what we gonna do?” Hill said. “Guess what we gonna do? I hate to say it, man. I hate to throw up the peace sign against y’all. I hate to do it! But guess what? I’m gonna be y’all worst enemy that day. I’m gonna be y’all worst enemy that day.”

Hill finished second in the NFL with 119 receptions and 1,710 yards for the Dolphins in 2022, earning his fourth All-Pro nod and seventh Pro Bowl selection. He caught seven touchdown passes, giving him 63 for his career.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is seen before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans to host 2025 Super Bowl; ’24 game still open

New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2025 instead of in 2024, as previously awarded.

The change was made so that Super Bowl LVIII will not conflict with Mardi Gras, which is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2024. The next year, Mardi Gras won’t occur until March 4.

When New Orleans originally was awarded the game, the league had a 16-game regular season. But with the league schedule moving to 17 games next season, that pushes back the date of the Super Bowl by one week.

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., will host the Super Bowl in 2021. SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area has the 2022 game, and the 2023 Super Bowl will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The NFL did not announce a host for the 2024 Super Bowl, but Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is considered a top contender.

New Orleans has hosted the game 10 times, trailing only Miami, which has had the honor 11 times.

Mardi Gras is held 47 days before Easter. Since the date of Easter fluctuates, so does the date of Mardi Gras.

–Field Level Media