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College football roundup: Playoff picture become clear

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Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the site of the first College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 12, 2015.

Tampa, Fla., the only other bidder for the inaugural title game, reportedly made a strong presentation and lost out in a close call.

The final three sites for the semifinal rotation also were announced and Cowboys Stadium came up a winner again.

The Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls are already part of the semifinal rotation. The Rose and Sugar will host the first semifinals Jan. 1, 2015.

BCS commissioners also revealed the final three bowl sites for the semifinal rotation. According to CBSSports.com the Cotton Bowl, which is played at the $1.2 billion home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, will be part of the six-bowl rotation, along with the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

The Holiday Bowl in San Diego also bid for a spot in the semifinal rotation, but was not selected.

--- The NCAA is considering doing away with a controversial procedure that grants teams a waiver to play in a bowl game.

According to CBSSPorts.com, the NCAA is proposing that six-win teams entering a conference championship games can qualify for a bowl game without a waiver. In 2011, the NCAA passed a rule prohibiting bowls from picking a 6-7 team over an eligible 6-6 team.

--- The Mountain West Conference has approached the Pac-12 about a West Coast college football partnership, MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson said.

According to Thompson, the alliance would involve nonconference scheduling, as well as the sharing of officials, and bowl matchups. The Mountain West and Pac-12 already share New Mexico and Las Vegas Bowl tie-ins, but an alliance would allow for both leagues to save on travel costs, according to CBS' Jeremy Fowler.
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