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"We know it’s a tough competition," Holiday Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski said. "But we felt it was incumbent upon us to make a bid.

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"It’s tough to beat out the incumbents."

As for the site of the first national championship game, which will be played Jan. 12, 2015, the front-runner is Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of not only the Dallas Cowboys but the Cotton Bowl.

It’s not quite a done deal. Tampa, Fla., also put in a bid that is being considered. But it’ll be hard to pass up playing the first national title game of the playoff era in the Dallas Cowboys’ state-of-the-art football palace.

The new postseason system will also get a name this week.


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"It will be simple," Hancock said. "It will not be cutesy. And it will be descriptive. I’ve seen too many people make mistakes by trying to be cutesy."

Also on the agenda will be the selection committee that will pick the final four. The commissioners want a panel similar to the one that picks the field for the NCAA basketball tournament, composed of athletic directors and conference commissioners.

That won’t be finished this week, but Hancock hopes when the commissioners leave southern California, the selection committee will be the only major part of the new postseason plan still hanging.

"I know the commissioners are very interested in moving the needle on it," he said. "I’m sure it will get a fair amount of discussion."



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