Nothing is official, but reports that the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl will host the first semifinals in college football’s upcoming playoff system are “headed down the right track,” Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan said Monday.
It would be the first of four times for the Sugar Bowl to be a semifinal site in the new playoff format, which is scheduled to begin after the 2014 season and run for 12 years.
CBS Sports and ESPN, both citing sources, said that in addition to the semifinals, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, would be the site of the first championship game. Cowboys Stadium lost out to the Sugar Bowl for the right to host what had been termed the Champions Bowl, matching the top SEC and Big 12 teams not in the playoffs. The new Sugar Bowl will feature those teams in years when it is not a playoff semifinal.
“It really doesn’t matter to us,” Hoolahan said. “We’re just very happy to be partners with the SEC and Big 12 and will go along with whatever they want to do.”
Hoolahan said he expected an announcement to be made in the spring after the three “host” bowls, to be played on New Year’s Eve, are selected. They are expected to be the Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls.
The conference commissioners are slated to meet Tuesday in Miami to hammer out more details.
The final BCS National Championship Game will be played Jan. 6, 2014, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Here’s the complete BCS schedule for next season:
Jan. 1 — Rose, Orange bowls
Jan. 2 — Sugar Bowl
Jan. 3 — Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 6 — BCS championship game
Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.