The #CFBPlayoff is happening on @Twitter

By David Herman
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

After an exciting season, the 2016 College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) is finally here, and all of the action on and off the gridiron will play out on @Twitter.

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced the field for this year’s #CFBPlayoff. On New Year’s Eve, No. 1 Alabama (@AlabamaFTBL) will take on No. 4 Washington (@UW_Football) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (@CFAPeachBowl), while No. 2 Clemson (@ClemsonFB) will face No. 3 Ohio State (@OhioStateFB) in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl).

While the semi-finalists had their say, so did the fans. After the Selection Committee announced this year’s field, media and fans took to Twitter to debate the biggest winners and snubs using #CFPReveal.

The road to the playoffs
The top four teams not only had successful seasons on the gridiron, but also were among the best in the nation on Twitter. Here’s a look at some of each team’s top Tweets of the season:

Alabama senior running back Lawrence Erekosima got the surprise of a lifetime on Senior Day when his mother made a surprise appearance on the field after returning a few months early from Kuwait, where she serves in the U.S. Army.

The entire Clemson squad had some fun in the locker room and took part in the #mannequinchallenge.

Ohio State got creative in the lead up to their matchup with rival Michigan, crossing out the “M” in signs and props around campus.

Washington celebrates a lopsided victory over Oregon in October.

How to follow the action on New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve, Alabama and Washington will face off in the Peach Bowl at 3pm ET on @ESPN and Clemson and Ohio State will go to battle at the Fiesta Bowl immediately following at 8pm ET on @ESPN.

To stay connected throughout the #CFBPlayoff, look no further than @ESPN for score updates, highlights and analysis throughout the day and evening. And for both games, you can dive into the conversation by Tweeting using one of the official hashtags:

ESPN will complement its game telecasts and official @CFBPlayoff coverage with additional college football content on Twitter provided by @ESPNCFB, @SportsCenter and @CollegeGameDay.

Follow @CFBPlayoff for official news and updates from the CFB Organization and Selection Committee:

College football fans can also follow all four College Football Playoff teams’ official accounts, athletic departments, and team-specific hashtags:

#1 | Alabama

#2 | Clemson

#3 | Ohio State

#4 | Washington

Twitter Amplify highlights the #CFBPlayoff
This season, @Twitter partnered with the @pac12, @bigten, @FOXSports, @theACCDN, and @CampusInsiders for our first ever College Football All Access Amplify program. Each week, fans were given a front row seat to the best moments of gridiron action, directly within their timelines. The experience was powered by @Allstate, @Buick, and @Ally, among others.

For the #CFBPlayoff, @CampusInsiders will create matchup previews in addition to a nightly “Play of the Game.”

Don’t forget about #CFBPlayoff emojis
Twitter launched five hashtag triggered Twitter emojis following the final College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of 2016.

Fans Tweeting with #CFBPlayoff, #RollTide, #ALLIN, #GoBucks and #PurpleReign will see a unique Twitter emoji icon appear in their Tweets throughout the postseason.

The #CFBPlayoff is happening on @Twitter

And on New Year’s Day, we’re adding #NationalChampionship to the emoji lineup. Once the matchup is set, fans will see the #CFBPlayoff trophy emoji when Tweeting #NationalChampionship.

Enjoy the College Football Playoff, and check back after the #NationalChampionship when we recap how the games played out on the field and on Twitter!