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Report: Cotton Bowl Likely to Host First 'Playoff' Championship

By January 7, 2013

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On the day that we will crown the 2012-2013 national champion comes news about how (and where) the 2014-2015 national championship will be determined.

As we all know by now, the days of the Bowl Championship Series are numbered, as college football will launch its first "playoff" system starting with the 2014 season. That four-team mini-tournament was approved by the powers-that-be last year, much to the delight of those who have been complaining about college football's lack of a playoff system for years now.

But while the format itself had been approved, many of the details about how it would be handled--including where the tournament games would be held--remained unknown. Until now.

ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, quite possibly the most connected man in college football, reports today that the Cotton Bowl--and Jerry Jones' massive, spaceship-looking stadium down in Arlington--has become the favorite to host the first ever playoff championship game in 2015. McMurphy also reports that the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl are the likely candidates to host the semifinals that year. The semifinals will be played on New Year's Day--this, my friends is a good thing--with the final being played 11 days later (not so sure about that, though).

In other words, this nebulous playoff that some of you have wanted for so very long now appears to be rounding into shape. We can only hope that it turns out to be as entertaining as you assume it will be (though, once more, I must say that I have my doubts).

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