CFP Picks Locales For Next Three Title Games: Cities With Any Precipitation Whatsoever Need Not Apply
Rick Chandler 04:07 pm, November 04th, 2015
Does the CFP Committee have a southern, western bias? Consider the sites for the next five College Football Playoff Championship Games. This season it's going to be Glendale, AZ, as you know. And just announced today -- the three beginning in 2018 will be in Atlanta (at the new Falcons Stadium), Santa Clara (2019) and New Orleans (2020).
The 2017 game will be in Tampa, FL, as announced earlier.
The rejected bids were Houston, South Florida, Charlotte, Detroit, Minnesota and San Antonio. So as you can see, only two northern cities were even in the mix, and none from the East or Midwest. Does your city ave any precipitation whatsoever? And if you play in a dome, is there a chance your airports will be closed? If so, forget it -- you're out.
The CFP denies this, however.
Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, said northern cities weren't ruled out because of weather concerns and will "be very much in the hunt" to host future games.
"We do want to move the event around," Hancock said. "It's just that we had better bids and better situations in other cities."
Situations as in, weather? I just don't think that you're going to see the title game at Arrowhead Stadium or at the Meadowlands, ever.
Anyway, the semifinal games rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. But there have been rumors that the CFP might go to an eight-team format by 2017, so there could be additions.
This season's semifinals will take place Dec. 31 from the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.
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