Looking at the College Football Playoff referees with the officiating crews for both the Fiesta Bowl and the Peach Bowl.
Though many players would argue that any bowl game is important, there’s no denying that the stakes are just higher for the College Football Playoff. So for TCU vs. Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl and Ohio State vs. Georgia in the Peach Bowl as the semifinal matchups, all eyes were on those games.
Because of that, you’d expect that the College Football Playoff referees would be the best of the best that the officiating world had to offer. Of course, refs are always going to be insanely criticized, especially when they are on the biggest stage in the sport.
Having said that, the crews were meticulously selected for the CFP bowl games and here are the refs that were selected for each game.
Fiesta Bowl referees for TCU vs Michigan
It was an SEC officiating crew — one affiliated with neither team playing in the game — for the Fiesta Bowl. Here were the assignments set out for the referees in Arizona.
- Head Referee: Jason Autrey
- Umpire: Brent Sowell
- Head Lines: Nicholas Theriot
- Line Judge: Michael Taylor
- Field Judge: Daniel Gautreaux
- Side Judge: Sean Petty
- Back Judge: Martin Hankins
- Center Judge: Chris Garner
- Alternate: Scott Walker
- Replay Official: David Almand
- Communicator: Marc Gervais
Peach Bowl referees for Ohio State vs Georgia
For the Peach Bowl officiating crew, they once again went with a crew not affiliated with either team as it was a Pac-12 group, though fans from that conference will tell you that might not be a good thing. Here’s a look at the refs for the Ohio State vs. Georgia matchup.
- Head Referee: Chris Coyte
- Umpire: Greg Adams
- Head Lines: Darryl Johnson
- Line Judge: Dale Keller
- Field Judge: Steve Currie
- Side Judge: Jeff Dahle
- Back Judge: Joe Johnston
- Center Judge: John Love
- Alternate: Steve Strimling
- Replay Official: Jerry Meyerhoff
- Communicator: Terry Leyden
The hope for these crews, of course, is that they don’t become storylines for either College Football Playoff game.
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