College Football Playoffs: Dave Brandon For Indianapolis Tourism Board

The Big Ten has already given up on its call for top playoff semifinalists to host games at their home stadiums, instead preferring to outsource the whole deal to the Rose Bowl. But at least, for Midwesterners, the title game could end up in Chicago or Indianapolis or Detroit or ...

"The one thing that kind of gets left out of this discussion that maybe ought to get some weight are the kids," he said Friday during WTKA's Mott Takeover. "Now, I know a lot of people don't really care about that part, but I do, and if you polled our players and said, 'If you played a really tough, successful, long regular season, the award you're going to get is to travel to Ford Field or Lucas Oil Stadium,' they would look at you and say, 'Huh?'

"They love going to warm weather. They love going to some of these locations they, in some cases, have never visited."

That's Michigan Wolverines AD Dave Brandon, commenting on how much better it is down South. He's talking about semifinal locations, of course, but it's hard to think how the same criticism wouldn't apply to the neutral-site championship game as well. It's believed the title game's location will be bid out every year.

I'd kind of think the award for playing a really tough, successful, long regular season that ends with a playoff bid is playing in the playoffs, but I'm not infatuated with the Rose Bowl, so what do I know.

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