By Brett Dolan

Houston joined a crowded mix of nine cities providing bids to host the College Football Playoff championship games in 2018, 2019 and ’20. Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the CFP, made the official announcement this week.

New Orleans, San Antonio, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, South Florida, Charlotte and the Bay Area (Santa Clara) also pursued hosting college football’s new title game. Houston and Santa Clara, California were the only cities to submit bids in all three years.

AT & T Stadium in Arlington hosted the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship in January with Ohio State defeating Oregon 42-20 in front of 85, 689 fans.

NFL Stadiums will also host the next two title games. Glendale, Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium will be the site of the game in 2016 and Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium will host the 2017 contest.

Houston’s best chance might come in 2018. Atlanta, Miami and Santa Clara are the only other cities placing bids. In 2019, Houston has to compete with five other cities including San Antonio. In 2020, five other cities will also bid on the game.

A sellout crowd of 71, 115 were on hand at NRG Stadium in December for the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl when Arkansas defeated Texas 31-7.

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