College Football Playoff Selection Show 2021: Time, TV channel for final CFP rankings

How can you watch the College Football Playoff Selection Show for 2021? Here's all the info and projections on who's likely to make it.

The regular season is one game away from being complete in college football. The focus shifts solely to the College Football Playoff Committee and their selection show on Sunday afternoon to determine the final CFP rankings. Here’s how to find it in your area.

College Football Playoff Selection Show | Start time and TV channel

  • Start time: Sunday, December 5, 12 PM ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Steam: WATCHESPN App, FuboTV, YouTube TV

Projected CFP rankings

The college football season was awarded an amazing final weekend of conference championships. The SEC Championship Game saw Georgia finally look human, while no one in their right mind wants to play Utah this time of year. Alabama took over the game against Georgia after spotting the Bulldogs 10 points early.

Alabama QB Bryce Young gave a Heisman-worthy performance in the victory as well, setting SEC Championship Game records in the process. Cincinnati also handled business against Houston in the AAC Championship Game. By all intents and purposes, those teams winning, coupled with Michigan’s winning against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship, gave us a clear picture of the final four teams.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) – SEC Champions
2. Michigan Wolverines (12-1) – B1G Champions
3. Georgia Bulldogs (12-1) – SEC Runner-Up, At-Large
4. Cincinnati Bearcats (13-0) – AAC Champions

Analyzing the projected College Football Playoff Selection Show results

The projection here is that the edge is given to Alabama to slide into No. 1 overall. This gives the committee the freedom to slide Georgia to No. 3 and avoid the Georgia vs. Alabama rematch in the Cotton Bowl, aka CFP Semifinal.

This unfortunate news means Cincinnati takes on an unfamiliar foe in Alabama. The Bearcats gave Georgia all they could handle last season in a game that proved Cincinnati belonged in the national picture. Alabama and Cincinnati would meet in the Cotton Bowl, while Michigan and Georgia would meet in the Orange Bowl.

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These rankings, of course, leave out Notre Dame, who, with Oklahoma State’s loss to Baylor, secured the No. 5 overall spot. Ohio State doesn’t get in, nor does a Michigan State or aforementioned Oklahoma State team who lost to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship.

Speaking of Baylor, the Bears needed some help to be a two-loss team to get into the CFP, but that included losses from Alabama, Cincinnati, and Michigan to climb the rankings. A long shot indeed, Baylor is now penciled in to face Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl while Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, and ACC Champion Pittsburgh are likely to receive at-large bids.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. He is also the co-host of Between the Hashes, a college football and NFL draft podcast. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter @CamMellor


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