Here’s sort of an amusing thought: Florida and USC meet in a championship game…at MetLife Stadium, just as another one of these blasted polar vortices bears down on the New York metropolitan area.
It’s a doomsday scenario, for sure, but it’s one the College Football Playoff won’t rule out. The Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Murschel talked to College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock about the possibility of a cold-weather title game:
Under college football’s new postseason model, the site of the national championship game is bid out much like how the venues for the Super Bowl are determined. While its seems unlikely to happen, Bill Hancock said nothing has been ruled out.
Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said the group has not ruled out any cold-weather sites with outdoor stadiums nor has it ruled them in.
This, most likely, falls into the realm of diplomacy and things being too early to make a call on anything. Giving a definitive “no” answer could’ve burned a bridge to a highly profitable game down the road.
The SEC, certainly, wouldn’t be pleased with the thought of playing for a championship in below-freezing temperatures, while the Big Ten may not be aggressively opposed to it.
Murschel throws out a few cold-weather stadiums that could bid for a championship game, though some of them (Gillette Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field) aren’t exactly in college football hotbeds.
It’s difficult to see college football playing its championship game in a cold weather, outdoor location that’s not New York or perhaps Chicago. And even MetLife Stadium and Soldier Field would likely longshots to varying degrees.