COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive speaks prior to a press conference for the Texas A&M Aggies accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference on September 26, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
Houston is one of 10 cities sent a request for proposal to host the Champions Bowl, which begins in 2014.
The Champions Bowl, a postseason matchup between the SEC and Big 12 expected to begin in 2014, could be hosted in Houston if everything plays out in such a way. Houston is one of 10 cities the Champions Bowl sent requests for proposal. It's one three Texas cities on the list and the largest of all 10.
Champions Bowl RFP's sent to Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Nashville, San Antonio, Tampa & Jax— Brett McMurphy (@BrettMcMurphy) August 6, 2012
Obviously the marketability factor will be at play here, as the Champions Bowl is trying to compete with the Rose Bowl, played between the Pac 12 and Big Ten.
Under the playoff plan approved this summer, the Champions Bowl will join the Rose and Orange as "contract" bowls that will be guaranteed three of the six spots in the semifinal rotation. Three other bowls will be called "access" bowls and join the semifinal rotation, to be chosen from candidates that could include the Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton, Capital One and Chick-fil-A.