Atlanta to host first CFP National Championship in 2025 with expanded playoffs

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The executive director of the College Football Playoff announced on Thursday that Atlanta has been selected to host the 2025 CFP National Championship.

There are two important things to note: one, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will become the first stadium to host the title game a second time. The first came in 2018, which was inarguably the best playoffs since their inception. In the semifinals, Georgia played Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl in one of the best games of all time, ending in double overtime with the Dawgs on top. On the other side of the bracket, Alabama took care of Clemson with no hiccups.

Then, the two powerhouses met in Atlanta. Kirby Smart’s team led by 13 points at one point, but conservative play calling and some ungodly decision-making from Nick Saban resulted in a 26-23 victory for the Crimson Tide.

The second, and more interesting point, is that the 2025 National Championship will be the first season in college football with the 12-game expanded playoffs. Regardless of your opinion on the expansion, the change is happening, and you should embrace it for the good things it’ll bring. It’s exciting that our city will be the first to host this massive experiment, and I’ll be sure to be walking around the beautiful property of the Benz during the championship — unless, of course, LSU makes it to the big game. 

Photographer: Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire

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