The Unofficial Home of College Football's Unofficial NCAA National Championship!

We "professionally" whittle down the entire field of over 128 FBS football teams, to 4 "deserving" teams, so you dont have to.

You might be wondering with a task so large and important, how do we even get started?

The task is enormous to be sure. So to make the job more palatable, the first thing we do is disqualify any team not in our "Power Five" conferences due to "strength of schedule".

We know, we know, "Power Five" is not defined officially anywhere in the NCAA bylaws and the origin of this label is unknown, but who of actual importance gives a shit, right?

Although it may not be popular with some, but we've found if we keep repeating, "there is a path", it seems to be enough to keep Senators, Congressmen and lawyers at bay. We all know it's bullshit, but as George Carlin once said, “Bullshit is the glue that binds us as a nation.”

Universal Access*

Every FBS team has equal access to the College Football Payoff based on its performance. No team automatically qualifies.

* As long as teams meet our vague and undefined requirements of quality wins and quality losses...
and ESPN approves.

Downloadable Logo

Sometimes you just want to print a logo on a board and wave it in the air for no good reason.
We at the CFP applaude your dedication and want to offer up our logo files for your benefit.

Nothing is more important to our committee than diversity and transparency.

Aside from not disclosing our secret bloated salaries, utilized stats and research, topics discussed in meetings, committee voting records, full meeting transcripts and defining what we consider to be "travel expenses", we're 100% transparent in all things!

As for diversity, we believe our track record speaks for itself. Any open-minded observer can see the diverse "Power Five" schools represented. For those few in our company from "other" conferences, rest assured, they know their place.
They are just happy to be included and work hard at keeping their symbolic seat at the table warm.

Theater and drama aren't our primary goals.

Publicly we pitch the whole "national championship" thing and build fake drama week to week, but our primary goal is to facilitate the transfer of money. Lots and lots of money! You get paid and you get paid and you... wait, you're a student athlete, you don't get paid.

We don't care so much about ensuring that we've crowned an undisputed champion, as we are about making sure you tune in early to ESPN, and at the end of the night, leave your friend's game-day party thinking; "I must of drank me about 15 Dr. Peppers™".

That is our definition of win-win.

Every Game Counts*

The College Football Payoff preserves the excitement and significance of college football’s unique regular season where every game counts.

* Every game doesn't really count since out of 16 teams, only 3 have been undefeated, and nine of them lost to unranked teams, but that makes for bad marketing.

Let's cut the shit
and get down to brass tacks.

Unless you're one of a handful of national brands, you're out. How can we do that? That's easy.
We've found two ways to virtually eliminate any school we want!

Strength of schedule is everything!

This is our ace in the hole!

Why do we lean on this so hard? Because it's the one thing that schools outside of our "Power Five" conferences can't control. Based on this criteria alone "Group of Five" schools get eliminated before the first snap of the year. When fans bitch and coaches complain, we drop this line. Can't debate opinion when ours is the only one that matters!

We applaud your wins, really we do, but if it doesn't work with our narrative, we just say the other team "wasn't very good", or... our favorite backup, "the other team didn't want to be there".

Longest win streak in the nation? Don't care. Not good enough.

Your Championship is nice, but meaningless.

Ohh, you won a conference championship? Sweet. Do we care? Nope.

This is a beauty contest, hands down. We need eyeballs on TV's and cash in the bank. Just because you won your conference, "Power Five" or not, don't mean shit.

If we can place a team that lost their division, lost their conference and watched their conference championship game on TV, with impunity, you think we give a damn about your Championship?

This shit ain't fate, it's show business.

As long as we own the talking heads at ESPN and control the narrative, there ain't nothing you can do about it. The sooner you accept that fact, the easier the pill is to swallow with an ice-cold Dr. Pepper™!

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ― Frédéric Bastiat

Our payoff format increases revenue for all conferences and independent institutions equally.
We would never intentionally establish, and staunchly defend, a system built to keep our "Power Five" programs in a financially advantaged position. That would be unethical.

54 million

ACC payout

~$3.86m per school.

Boston College

Clemson

Duke

Florida State

Georgia Tech

Louisville

Miami

North Carolina

NC State

Pittsburgh

Syracuse

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

54 million

Big 10 payout

~$3.86m per school.

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Maryland

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Nebraska

Northwestern

Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Rutgers

Wisconsin

54 million

SEC payout

~$3.86m per school.

Alabama

Arkansas

Auburn

Florida

Georgia

Kentucky

LSU

Mississippi

Mississippi State

Missouri

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas A&M

Vanderbilt

54 million

Big 12 payout

~$5.40m per school.

Baylor

Iowa State

Kansas

Kansas State

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

TCU

Texas

Texas Tech

West Virginia

54 million

Pac 12 payout

~$4.50m per school.

Arizona

Arizona State

California

UCLA

Colorado

Oregon

Oregon State

USC

Stanford

Utah

Washington

Washington State

81.32 million

"Group of Five" payout

~$1.31m per school.

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

East Carolina University

University of Houston

University of Memphis

University of South Florida

Southern Methodist University

Temple University

Tulane University

University of Tulsa

Wichita State University

Marshall

Florida Intl

Middle Tennessee

Charlotte

Florida Atlantic

Western Kentucky

Old Dominion

Louisiana Tech

UAB

Southern Mississippi

UTSA

North Texas

Rice

UTEP

Buffalo

Miami (OH)

Akron

Ohio

Bowling Green

Kent State

Northern Illinois

Western Michigan

Ball State

Toledo

Central Michigan

Eastern Michigan

Boise State

Utah State

New Mexico

Wyoming

Colorado State

Air Force

Hawai'i

Nevada

San Diego State

Fresno State

UNLV

San Jose State

Troy

Appalachian State

Georgia Southern

Coastal Carolina

Georgia State

South Alabama

Arkansas State

Louisiana

Texas State

UL Monroe

UNLV

San Jose State

(1) Each conference will receive $300,000 for each of its schools when the school's football team meets the NCAA's APR for participation in a post-season football game. Each independent institution will also receive the $300,000 when its football team meets that standard.

(2) Each of the 10 conferences will also receive a base amount. For conferences that have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowl, the base combined with the full academic performance pool will be approximately $54 million for each conference. The five conferences that do not have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowls will receive approximately $81.32 million in aggregate (full academic pool plus base), which the conferences will distribute as they choose. Notre Dame will receive a payment of $2.65 million if it meets the APR standard; the other three independents will share $928,503.

(3) A conference will receive $6 million for each team that is selected for the semifinal games. There will be no additional distribution to conferences whose teams qualify for the national championship game. A conference will receive $4 million for each team that plays in a non-playoff bowl under the arrangement (in 2017-18, the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls).

(4) Each conference whose team participates in a playoff semifinal, Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl, or in the national championship game will receive $2.25 million to cover expenses for each game.

Additionally, certain conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision conferences will receive $2.53 million in aggregate.

We care about student athletes!

There is nothing more important to us than their health and wellbeing. Seriously.
Like a finely tuned, unpaid thoroughbred, we need these kids in tip-top-shape to put on a great show, week in and week out.

Injury? Bring in the next kid. There's always one waiting right behind them.
We offer an industry leading 2% chance of making it big in the NFL, which statistically, is like 1,000,000% better than 0%!

Want to play an instrumental role in your team's payoff success?

We offer great "donation opportunities" for fans and boosters alike to buy your team a little extra love come ranking season.
No receipts, no refunds and no paper-trail. Just how we like it.

Bandwagon Fan

$100

1,000 Team Points

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Hardcore Fan

$1,000

15,000 Team Points

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What do you get for your investment in student athletes?

When your team hits the goals listed below, we will:

100,000 team points*

Keep team in our thoughts.

Say team's name out loud.

Look at team logo on Official CFP iPad.

Practice saying team name in mirror without smiling.

500,000,000 team points*

Keep team in our thoughts AND prayers.

Review our mentions from team's official Twitter account.

Root, unbiasedly, for team. Unless another team has more points, of course.

Send team's AD a nice pre-printed congratulations card on a great year. Regardless of record.

1,000,000,000 team points*

Put team logo on the wall in the committee boardroom.

Have team mentioned on ESPN™.

Place logo in a commercial. Placement / size at our discretion.

Recusals become optional.

Bill Hancock™ will provide selfie with team mascot.

Consider team, without laughing.

Official AT&T™ 15 min prepaid throw-away phones with committee liason "Will Fancock" stored as contact.

10,000,000,000 team points*

Guaranteedish inclusion into Payoff Semi-Finals

IF we just can't get you in, we will have ESPN™ analyst walk off stage in disgust after announcement. Live!

Team's AD will be placed on committee following year and given double vote.

College Gameday™ will come to team campus following year, maybe.

Lee Corso will put on team mascot's costume against his will.

ESPN™ 30 min special highlighting how team tracks student athlete's performance at practice, like cattle.

VIP Box seats throughout Payoff. So team's administration doesn't have to sit with poor people.

Free Uber™ XL ride to and from hotel throughout Payoff.

Free Chick-Fil-A™ chicken sandwiches for entire team. *Fries/Drinks not included.

* Teams in our "Power Five" Conferences begin each season with 1,000,000,000 imaginary team points and receive 1,000 complimentary points for every booster dollar donated. That said, we still believe there is extreme value in purchasing team points because, as we all know, "chaos may ensue" and "there is a path" so in times like that, nothing wrong with a little persuasion. No true value, real or imagined. Not valid as evidence of collusion in a legal defense or Twitter campaign and shall remain legally unlegal throughout the universe, in perpetuity. Points available while supplies last. Prices subject to change.

We at the CFP publicly love hearing from you! Privately, we couldn't give two shits what you think of our Payoff.

Comment and you'll be forever enshrined in the "Official Unofficial CFP Comment Wall" below.
You keep the funny comments coming, we'll keep it online as long as we can! :)

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Scott C.

fan

December 6, 2019, 12:47 pm | Georgia State University


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staff

November 13, 2019, 1:42 am | Liberty University


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staff

October 24, 2019, 2:05 pm | Liberty University


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September 25, 2019, 7:15 pm | Liberty University


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Jameson B.

student

September 17, 2019, 1:17 pm | University of Central Florida


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Jay E.

fan

September 1, 2019, 9:21 am | University of Wisconsin Madison


The UW was hypothetically one game away from qualifying for it's first ever College Football Payoff (cough) I mean playoff. They it took it's first and only loss that season. The Payoff committee was salivating at the chance to dismiss the Badgers from the playoffs, and it did so when it finally lost it's only game at the conference championship. ONE. FUCKING. GAME. and they were out. How pathetic is the NCAA? At least Alabama could celebrate (again) that year.

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fan

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John Q.

fan

December 4, 2018, 9:57 am | Miami University


So if I donate, will it help pay my way into the Elite 11 and get me a free pass as 4* or 5* QB. Let me simplify. If I have enough money can I buy my kids way onto a P5 team. After all, Pro athletes children are better than some kid from the hood right?

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Dewayne C.

alumni

December 2, 2018, 3:55 pm | East Tennessee State University


FCS has been doing it correctly for ages now. What's the holdup FBS?

Brian F.

alumni

October 21, 2018, 11:36 pm | University of Central Florida


This is the single most informative site about FBS' postseason on the internet. A must read for any Real Fan.

Donny L.

staff

October 17, 2018, 11:42 am | University of Texas at Austin


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Greg S.

alumni

October 17, 2018, 8:43 am | University of Central Florida


It's sad what college football has become. It used to be about tradition and pageantry. Now it's a business where money makes the decisions for a few men in a small room.

Jared A.

fan

October 17, 2018, 8:24 am | University of Central Florida


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Mike N.

fan

October 16, 2018, 8:45 pm | University of Central Florida


Spread the Truth. P5 is a cartel protected by ESPN TV contracts. There is no NCAA Football Champion.

Josh H.

staff

October 16, 2018, 2:31 pm | University of Central Florida


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Nick S.

staff

October 16, 2018, 1:38 pm | University of Alabama


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Urban M.

staff

October 16, 2018, 1:22 pm | The Ohio State University


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Charlie S.

staff

October 16, 2018, 1:14 pm | University of South Florida


We'll never win a Championship so why even bother.

Scott F.

staff

October 16, 2018, 12:52 pm | University of Nebraska Lincoln


I care more about money than winning. The CFP is the organization for me! #Don'tDismantleIt #NoCollusionISwear

David W.

alumni

October 16, 2018, 12:50 pm | University of Central Florida


Go Knights #ChargeOn #UCFAttackingNationalChampions
This is awesome!

Paul F.

fan

October 16, 2018, 11:46 am | University of Alabama


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Kaz P.

student

October 16, 2018, 11:14 am | University of Central Florida


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Evil K.

staff

October 16, 2018, 10:44 am | University of Central Florida


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Michael Y.

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October 16, 2018, 10:17 am | East Carolina University


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Joseph M.

alumni

October 16, 2018, 10:14 am | University of Central Florida


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Artemis R.

fan

October 16, 2018, 8:12 am | University of Central Florida


IMO, the CFP, ESPN, and the SEC are engaged in an unlawful monopoly that is in violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act.

Landon B.

alumni

October 16, 2018, 12:48 am | University of Central Florida


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Nick S.

staff

October 16, 2018, 12:30 am | University of Alabama


I feel so disrespected by UCF's claim to being National Champions. I mean, they probably couldn't even afford to pay for the positive ESPN commentary we pay for much less our "Donations" to the CFP and it's great causes. They really shouldn't be making claims like that when they can't "Pay To Play". Our coordinators probably make more than their head coach. There simply is no way they are rich enough to be in the CFP.

Bill M.

alumni

October 15, 2018, 9:52 pm | Florida State University


This site is spot on and highlights the inequity of the division 1 system. How can a school not get a chance to play for the national championship simply due to conference affiliation which they do not control. As the site points out quite brilliantly, half the schools will never get a chance because they are considered inferior competitors. Time to upend the system and either expand or develop less ambiguous selection process, i.e. what constitutes a quality loss?

Scott F.

alumni

October 15, 2018, 4:39 pm | University of Nebraska Lincoln


Why did I let my mommy and daddy talk me into leaving? I miss you, UCF! Go Knights! Charge On!

Paul F.

alumni

October 15, 2018, 4:36 pm | University of Tennessee


I'm a waffling nincompoop who sounds like a bagpipe being stepped on my a hippopotamus, but I have to admit that UCF is more than deserving of a spot in the College Football Payoff Invitational. I've never said this on the air, but Alabama would get absolutely dusted if they were on the same field as the Knights. Go Knights! Charge On!

Luke Del R.

alumni

October 15, 2018, 4:26 pm | University of Florida


I wasn't sure whether I should select "Alumni" since I jumped between three different colleges and still couldn't hardly sniff the field. I just wanted to get in on this since I'm so eagerly desperate for someone to pay attention to me. Daddy was always coaching, so my podcast and its two listeners are my only friends.

Nick S.

fan

October 15, 2018, 4:23 pm | University of Central Florida


I personally recommend going with the "Booster" option above. It helped us get into the College Football Payoff Invitational last year when (we all know) we shouldn't have been invited. It also helped us to keep UCF out. That was huge, because they would've kicked our ass.

Kirk H.

fan

October 15, 2018, 3:55 pm | University of Central Florida


I've sat on my high horse on Saturday mornings for years crapping on UCF, but that was the old Herbie. From now on I want to be referred to as Knightro and I will forever be indebted to the graciousness of UCF fans. The Knights - see, I can get it right! - are ABSOLUTELY deserving of a spot in the College Football Payoff Invitational. The Buckeyes suck! Go Knights! Charge On!

Soren P.

fan

October 15, 2018, 3:48 pm | University of Central Florida


You know, as one of the worst AP poll voters I've been skeptical of UCF. However, I now see the err in my ways and fully support UCF's bid for an berth in the Payoff Invitational. Go Knights! Charge On!

Ian H.

alumni

October 15, 2018, 3:08 pm | University of Central Florida


This is definitely the best defined Payoff rules to date.

Jason S.

alumni

October 15, 2018, 12:17 pm | University of Central Florida


Wow what a fair and balanced system. Honored to be allowed to watch less deserving teams get votes and paid more money.

Chuck F.

fan

October 14, 2018, 7:05 pm | University of Central Florida


This is the best site I have ever seen for speaking the truth of the fallacy that is the CFP process, keep up the great work, and in the immortal words of every sane person in the world, "The Truth Will Set You Free" Well done folks!

John H.

fan

October 9, 2018, 11:57 am | Boston College


The current playoff system is a dumpster fire defended by old rich people. Can't blame them though, if I had millions on the line I'd defend it till the day I die.

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The Committee's Lack of Respect for UCF Sets a Discouraging Playoff Precedent

A precedent was set in college football on Sunday: More than half of FBS teams are ineligible for the playoff. No one announced this, but the College Football Playoff committee might as well have when it ranked 12–0 UCF, the American Athletic Conference champion, No. 10. The only remaining undefeated team in the country, the Knights were coming off two straight wins over ranked teams, and as all of college football fervently debated which flawed traditional power—Ohio State or Alabama—might ge...

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The Committee's Lack of Respect for UCF Sets a Discouraging Playoff Precedent

A precedent was set in college football on Sunday: More than half of FBS teams are ineligible for the playoff. No one announced this, but the College Football Playoff committee might as well have when it ranked 12–0 UCF, the American Athletic Conference champion, No. 10. The only remaining undefeated team in the country, the Knights were coming off two straight wins over ranked teams, and as all of college football fervently debated which flawed traditional power—Ohio State or Alabama—might ge...

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NCAA 1-130 Re-Rank: Clemson takes over top spot in reshuffled top five

After a long run atop the USA TODAY Sports college football re-rank, Alabama falls to No. 6 after a rivalry loss to Auburn. That opens a spot for a new No.1, with several teams in contention heading into this week's conference championship games. The nod goes to 11-1 Clemson, which capped November with an easy win against South Carolina. In total, the Tigers' résumé of wins – Auburn, Louisville, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and the Gamecocks – give them the edge over No. 2 Oklahoma and...

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After unbeaten season, UCF has every right to call itself a national champion

Save Alabama and Georgia the road trip, there's already a national champion. So says Central Florida, which has claimed the title for itself after capping the only unbeaten season in major college football with a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn. While the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are preparing for Monday night's College Football Playoff title game, the Knights are celebrating like the champs they are....

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UCF not the first school to call itself national champion

Someone check college football's outrage meter. This can't be right. As the all-SEC national championship game approaches, and with it the chance to claim all the Southern fried bragging rights, the sport's arrows are pointed toward ... UCF? Whether it's the new Twitter name (2017 National Champions), the banner to be raised, the parade to be held or the bonuses to be paid to coaches now working for Nebraska, UCF has gone all in on its national championship campaign....

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Underneath Playoff glitz, a warning: College football could be headed into a ditch

By all rights, Alabama-Georgia for the national title should be the greatest showcase yet for this relatively new Playoff, with future NFL stars all over the field, fans paying $2,000 and up for the privilege of getting in the stadium and even President Trump coming to watch it. But underneath the glitz of Monday night's Atlanta extravaganza, it's hard to shake the feeling that college football is unwittingly being driven into a ditch....

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Big 12 commissioner says UCF's Playoff exclusion was fair because they didn't face a power-conference schedule

UCF not making the Playoff was reasonable, just as UCF now claiming to have won the national title is reasonable. An unbeaten team with a win over the SEC West champ has some folks calling for the playoff to expand, others newly incensed about UCF missing the field, and plenty more just plain mad about a system seemingly designed to exclude half the country from paths to the national title, no matter what they do on the field....

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Since 2000, UCF is 1-0 each against Alabama and Georgia, lol

On Monday night, Alabama and Georgia will play for the College Football Playoff National Championship from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Bama claims 16 national titles, the most recent coming in 2015, and Georgia has won two, in 1942 and 1980. But folks, there is a team out there that's won just five conference championships that has won its last meeting with both Alabama and Georgia. That team is undefeated UCF, which has already declared itself national champion before the title game begi...

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If Power 5 teams can claim these 24 dubious national titles, 2017 UCF can do whatever the hell it wants

UCF didn't make the Playoff and seems to have declared itself national champ anyway. Its AD threw out the term while on the field during the Peach Bowl win over Auburn, a game that gave the undefeated Knights transitive wins over both teams in the actual title game, and they are throwing themselves some sort of championship parade, with "national champions" plastered all over official school social media accounts. And why not? You tell me the name of the team that beat 2017 UCF....

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Would an Eight-Team Playoff Have Solved This Season's Controversial Finish?

While top-level college football's switch from the Bowl Championship Series, in which computer rankings and inscrutable formulas played an outsize role, to a four-team playoff was widely embraced, it didn't take long for the calls for expanding the tournament field to dominate the conversation. The most popular alternative to the current four-team system was and is an eight-team playoff, which proponents argue would allow each champion of a Power 5 conference to get a chance at the national titl...

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