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.