ATLANTA -- While most of the details of a college football playoff haven't been hashed out yet, two components have been constant: that semifinals would rotate among six bowl games, and that the championship game would be bid out to a neutral site.
As far as the latter is concerned, there could be a one-year delay on that bid.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy said Monday that sixsiteswould be considered for the 2015 title matchup --thesites of the fourcurrent BCS bowls, Glendale, Ariz. (Fiesta), Miami (Orange), New Orleans (Sugar) and Pasadena, Calif.(Rose); andthe two highest-profile non-BCS bowls, Arlington, Tex. (Cotton) and Atlanta (Chick-fil-A).
The rationale behind the reported move is time, or lack thereof. The four-team playoff is 28 months away, meaning BCS commissioners apparently didn't feel the process for any city interested in submitting an RFP (request for proposal) for the championship game would have been completed in time.
Per the report, this will be a one-year deal; a neutral site will begin hosting college football's championship game following the 2015 season. Among the other cities that are expected to bid for the college football championship on an ongoing basis areIndianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Orlando, Houston, San Diego, Jacksonville and Tampa, according to the report.