The college football playoff will begin in 2014, and the first national championship game under the new format may be headed for Big 12 country.
Colleague Brett McMurphy reports that Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is the "prohibitive favorite" to host the first title game of the playoff on Jan. 12, 2015.
During the 12-year contract, the Rose and Sugar will host the semifinals four times. In the years they aren't hosting, the national semifinals would be moved from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, sources said.
The only exceptions would be on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2023, when the Rose and Sugar would move to Dec. 31, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2022, respectively. If the Rose and Sugar don't host the semifinals in those two seasons, the national semifinals would be played on Dec. 30, 2016, and Dec. 30, 2022. Six bowls, also to include the Orange, will rotate as hosts for the national semifinals. The other three have not been officially determined. Sources told ESPN they would be the Cotton, Tostitos Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls.
Interesting stuff. The Cotton Bowl was fazed out of the game's major bowl games after the birth of the BCS, but it'll be great to see the game get back onto the major stage. Additionally, the Big 12 won't be hosting the Sugar Bowl, which will be played between the Big 12 and SEC annually in the future, but when the game (then referred to as the Champions Bowl) headed for New Orleans instead of Dallas, this result was the big rumor around the league. It may just become a reality soon.