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Big 12 football coaches excited by Cowboys Stadium's role in College Football Playoff

by Jason Kersey Published: April 23, 2013

The Cotton Bowl, which is played at Cowboys Stadium, is also expected to be included among the six bowls that will make up the national semifinal rotation for the next 12 years, along with the Fiesta, Chick-fil-A, Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls, according to the website.

“I think that's awesome,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I like the idea of being able to move (the title game) around. I think their whole concept was like the Super Bowl. I'm glad that we kept the playoff part of it inside the bowl system, but I think having the first one here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is just awesome if that's what transpires.”

The Cotton Bowl Classic moved in 2010 from its namesake in Dallas' Fair Park to Cowboys Stadium, which seats 80,000 but can be expanded to accommodate around 100,000 fans. The plush, climate-controlled facility hosted the 2011 Super Bowl and will host next year's men's basketball Final Four.

Oklahoma appeared in the most recent Cotton Bowl Classic a few months ago, when it lost to Texas A&M.

“I'm all for a national playoff, and all for it being in Dallas,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “It's a great stadium. I don't know how they can configure the seats, but they can hold possibly up to 98-100,000 in there. Plus, you're never gonna have bad weather.

“I believe that football is at its best down here in the southwest, so let's have the best game down here.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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