From the Dallas Morning News
PASADENA, Calif. – When Cowboys Stadium lands the first championship game of the college football playoff era as expected, the prize will have come with anxious moments.
Barring a major reversal, multiple sources familiar with the process indicated that Cowboys Stadium had enough votes and will be announced Wednesday as the site for the title game after the 2014 season. Cowboys Stadium and Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium are the only two bidders for the title game to be announced Wednesday by the BCS conference commissioners.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is certain to join the playoff semifinal rotation when three “host bowls” are also announced Wednesday, sources said.
The tightness of the two-city race between Arlington and Tampa was confirmed publicly by commissioners. At least one source did not rule out Tampa’s impressive bid picking up even more support behind closed doors and stressed that the final vote had not been taken.
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford echoed that sentiment.
“I think that Tampa over the years has hosted some big events,” Swofford said, listing Super Bowls and Final Fours. “I don’t think we should be terribly surprised with their bid.”
Cowboys Stadium has planned years for this moment, forming a non-profit entity in late 2011 with the Cowboys and Cotton Bowl Classic to bring the title game to Arlington. It’s still clearly the favorite, essentially intimidating all competitors except one.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby embraced the competitive atmosphere that has developed because it will mean a better title game venue.
“I’m glad it has,” Bowlsby said. “It will give us a better outcome.”