Posted: Mar 26, 2013 8:15 PM by CBS Sports
While the semifinals of the college football playoff, beginning in 2014-15, will rotate between six predetermined locations, the championship game will be bid out each year in a process similar to the Super Bowl. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Cowboys Stadium is a "virtual lock" to host the title game of the first college football playoff.
McMurphy also wrote on ESPN.com that "several communities opted not to bid" on the 2015 title game because Cowboys Stadium was already considered the favorite. The Arlington, Texas, stadium currently hosts the AT&T Cotton Bowl and the annual Cowboys Classic, played on the opening weekend of the college football season.
Tampa, Fla., has hosted four Super Bowls and the Final Four for both men's and women's basketball. Currently Raymond James Stadium is the home of South Florida during the season and the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
When organizers of the college football playoff announced the format for determining host sites, it was widely assumed Cowboys Stadium would play a key role in the new postseason. In addition to likely receiving the first title game, it is expected the AT&T Cotton Bowl, along with the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., and Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., will be announced as one of the six rotating semifinal sites. The Sugar, Rose, and Orange received semifinal status shortly after the new rotation format was approved.
The BCS commissioners will meet April 23-25 in Pasadena, Calif., to approve and announce more details regarding the new playoff. By the end of next month it is expected that this new postseason will have a name, logo, and location for the first title game.