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Report: Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Fiesta ‘overwhelming favorites’ to join semifinal rotation

Texas A&M quarterback Manziel carries the ball as University of Oklahoma linebacker Wort and defensive end Ndulue pursue during the first half of the Cotton Bowl Classic NCAA football game in Arlington, Texas AP

Earlier this week, it was reported that Cowboys Stadium was a “virtual lock” to host college football’s first championship game in the new postseason format following the 2014 season.

The reporter behind the, uh, report was ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who now adds that four bowls — the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl and Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl — met the Wednesday deadline to bid for a spot among the six rotating semifinal sites for the four-team playoff.

Of those three, McMurphy writes that the Chick-fil-A, Cotton and Fiesta bowls are “overwhelming favorites”  to receive the remaining three bids, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

It should not, however, be an overwhelming surprise that the aforementioned three are the favorites to finish out the semifinal rotation as it’s been widely presumed for months that those three bowls would likely join the Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls in the 12-year playoff contract.

Officially, though, BCS commissioners will meet next month to select the three remaining semifinal sites along with the championship site.

The soonest one of the at-large sites will host a playoff game is following the 2015 season, along with the Orange Bowl.

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12 Responses to “Report: Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Fiesta ‘overwhelming favorites’ to join semifinal rotation”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Mar 28, 2013 3:47 PM

    I just wonder how the Chick fil a bowl got this high in the pecking order. I remember when it was the peach bowl and didn’t mean much but recently its been one of the best bowls out there. How is the holiday bowl even in the conversation?

  2. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 28, 2013 4:05 PM

    Mmm chick fil a

  3. me6661973 says: Mar 28, 2013 4:19 PM

    I like chick fil a it host some good sec teams in pass

  4. ndnut says: Mar 28, 2013 5:18 PM

    Holiday is there for tradition. Holiday used to be great when the Peach (Chick Fil A) sucked. Trying to turn back the clock in San Diego.

  5. dryzzt23 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:44 PM

    Thank GOD that there wasn’t some idiot bureaucrat/PC police that kept the Chick-Fil-A bowl from being a contender. Lord knows that someone might be “offended” by either chicken, or Dan Cathy’s opinions.

  6. whoisedgy says: Mar 28, 2013 5:51 PM

    Can we change the name back to Peach or at least CFA Peach?

  7. Uptown Murf says: Mar 28, 2013 10:54 PM

    All three dome games!! I love football indoors, best athletes at their absolute best..

  8. manchestermiracle says: Mar 29, 2013 1:26 AM

    dryzit: Yeah, wouldn’t want a majority of the country to get offended by someone who wants to limit others’ rights based on ignorance and cowardice. Oh, wait, too late….

    Chicken-shit fillet is there because of money, pure and simple. Politics, or god for that matter, had little to do with it. Obviously the NCAA is much more focused on finances than social justice. That’s their prerogative, so how about we just discuss football and leave historical stupidity out of the conversation?

  9. burntorangehorn says: Mar 29, 2013 4:50 PM

    Some great posts in this comment section. I mean that.

    Anyway, the Holiday Bowl used to be a pretty solid game that featured a relatively good payout and good teams. That’s waned a bit recently, as the Alamo and others have jumped it, but I think a big part of that was that it’s title sponsor (Pacific Life) was unable or unwilling to pump the money into it. Furthemore, I think a lot of stakeholders felt their previous financial investments weren’t tearing down any walls that were preventing them from becoming a top-tier (BCS) bowl. The Rose Bowl is the Rose Bowl, but the Orange and Sugar are in shitty venues, and the Fiesta is in the Phoenix suburbs. San Diego, Dallas (pronounced “Jerry Jones”), and some others felt they deserved opportunities to supplant uninspiring BCS bowls, or perhaps become the new site of the BCS championship, but the Big Four stranglehold was airtight.

    It appears its new title sponsor, Bridgeport Education, is able and willing, and the city and bowl both recognize that this is a chance to break into top-tier status, and they’re right. Same with other well-heeled bowls with deep-pocketed sponsors, decent venues, and big metros, like Dallas and Atlanta.

    I for one am glad to see this happen. I’m all for tradition, but in my experience, some of the BCS bowls aren’t worth putting on a pedestal that other bowls can’t reach with the right efforts and finances.

  10. swadehoo says: Mar 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    Can I have an intolerant liberal to go please? My pleasure. So open minded unless it’s a view different than yours.

  11. blueinok says: Mar 30, 2013 11:40 AM

    Love the Fiesta Bowl – weather is great. Plenty of hotels in the area (within walking distance). Westgate (playground for adults) is awesome.
    Great restaurants closeby.

  12. mkurk says: Mar 30, 2013 5:54 PM

    Lmao swadehoo!!!

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