Detroit… Jacksonville… the list of cities throwing their name in the proverbial playoff hat keeps growing larger now that the Presidential Oversight Committee has approved a postseason change.
Next up: Atlanta, which already hosts the SEC championship game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. In a release today, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan said the bowl is interested in hosting either a semifinal or championship game.
“We believe we can assemble a compelling bid and play a significant role in college football’s new post season. As the future home of the new College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta has it all … a world-class facility, a proven host city, transportation and lodging infrastructure, corporate support and a track record for successfully hosting major sports events that cannot be matched.”
Since the new national title will be bid out separately from the bowls themselves, it wouldn’t be the Chick-fil-A bowl acting as the championship game per se, just like Jacksonville, Dallas or Detroit wouldn’t have specific bowl names attached to the game if it acted as host.
Semifinal games will be rotated among six bowl games, though which six haven’t been formally announced yet.
The Chick-fil-A bowl has already expressed interest in hosting the new Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl as well, so Atlanta could host up to four college football games within a couple of months in theory.