Report: CFP semifinal game could be moved to alternate site
The College Football Playoff for the 2020 season has long been set for semifinal games to be hosted at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. If 2020 has taught us anything, though, it’s that plans can change on short notice.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports is reporting that there is growing doubt about a CFP semifinal being played in Pasadena at the iconic college football venue:
Multiple sources told Yahoo Sports there are discussions and contingencies about alternative sites and plans for the Rose Bowl this season. According to sources, those options include playing the Rose Bowl in a different location — AT&T Stadium in the Dallas area is a popular suggestion.
Thamel reports that it has also been discussed that another site, such as Atlanta or Indianapolis, could host a CFP semifinal and the Rose Bowl could instead host a traditional Big Ten vs. Pac-12 game. As of right now, the Rose Bowl is instead hosting two of the top four teams in the final College Football Playoff selection committee rankings after the Dec. 19 conference championship games.
Currently, Alabama is being projected to play in the Sugar Bowl. The No. 1 overall seed typically plays in the closer of the two host venues. Two other SEC teams, No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida, remain in the CFP picture.
Thamel’s full article notes that none of the top six teams are within 1,400 miles of the Rose Bowl in a year where travel has been limited due to COVID. As it stands right now, the Rose Bowl would be empty, not even allowing players’ family members.