College Football Playoff: Detroit Hosting the Title Should Be a Real Possibility
We've hit on the idea of potential college football playoff games being in good weather locations already here at Your Best 11. As we mentioned in that quick hitter, ideal conditions are going to give you the best football, and that means avoiding inclement weather if at all possible.
That means two things: staying below the Mason-Dixon line to have the best opportunity for good weather or taking the game indoors.
That's where Detroit comes into play.
The Motor City is one of the sites that we've championed, along with Indianapolis, as a way to bring the big title game to some northern locations while giving the public a controlled climate for the teams to play their best football. It seems that Detroit is on the same page with us as local businessman Roger Penske told the Detroit News recently:
Penske said business and community leaders should talk to Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit City Council about the BCS championship game.
"Things that are important and exciting in sports are things we need to do and we need to bring to our city," Penske said. "There are a lot of people who have momentum and want to be able to extend some of the good things that are happening in our city. And sports are obviously a great platform."
Detroit getting into the mix would quell the Big Ten's complaining about preferences being shown to southern schools, most notably the SEC and New Orleans. Atlanta is in the mix. Dallas is in the mix. Pasadena and Los Angeles want to be in the mix. Throw in Miami and New Orleans, and the Pac-12, SEC, Big 12 and ACC all have locations in their footprint vying for the title.
Should Detroit get a shot to host the championship game?
Now the Big Ten has a site in play as well.
While the new championship game is still a couple years away, sites are lining up to throw their best offers at the powers that be, and Detroit will most certainly be in the mix. Even though the Big Ten has not had a team play in the title game since 2007's Ohio State squad, getting the game up north would be one of the smart moves for everyone involved.
The South loves their college football, but the Midwest is no stranger to the game, either. Big Ten country loves the sport, and getting a game in Detroit is a way to put a great product on the field while giving fans up north a new avenue to enjoy the sport.
Keep an eye on Indianapolis as well; it's a city that has hosted plenty of events. If they can find their way into the mix, it could be another site for the title.
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