The cities of Houston and San Antonio apparently want to make the leap into the college football bigtime.
According to several reports Tuesday, both Houston and San Antonio have thrown their hats into the ring as potential hosts of the new Champions Bowl, the slightly contrived new bowl "tradition" created by the SEC and Big 12.
In all, five cities have submitted bids so far to host the game, which will be played each year on New Year's Day and will match the champions of the SEC and Big 12 (or, every likely, not the champions of both of those leagues, as we can assume the SEC champion, at least, will likely be participating in that pesky new playoff thing). Of course, the game will also be part of the national playoff semifinal rotation, hosting one of those games four times during the 12-year playoff contract.
The other cities involved in the bidding are Atlanta and heavy favorites New Orleans and Arlington, home of Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Speaking to the Associate Press, Meineke Car Care Bowl executive director Heather Houston, who helped spearhead the Houston bid, said her team was "very proud" of the proposal they've forwarded. And she certainly didn't talk like somebody who considered her city an "underdog."
"We feel like it'll stack up against any other market," Houston said. "We've got the strongest local economy, a beautiful facility here at Reliant Stadium, and also an avid college sports base; and of course the proven track record of hosting successful events such as the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and, of course, the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas."
Photo: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington has a great chance of hosting the new Champions Bowl. (Getty Images)