Houston, San Antonio Join SEC/Big 12 Champions Bowl Bidding

The Champions Bowl is getting a couple more bidders, with Houston and San Antonio deciding to join the fray in hopes of hosting the inaugural game.

Both Texas cities jumped into the mix two days before the deadline to do so, upping the total number of contenders to five, according to ESPN.com.

Arlington, New Orleans and Atlanta are the other three cities involved. Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Jacksonville and Orlando were invited to bid but either declined or are undecided.

It's being reported that the two front-runners for the game are New Orleans and Arlington.

For those unfamiliar, the Champions Bowl is going to pit the winner of the SEC and Big 12 against each other. If the winner of either or both conferences gets into the four-team playoff, another team will be sent on behalf of said conference.

The Champions Bowl will debut in primetime on January 1, 2015 and be part of the semifinal playoff rotation four times in the initial 12-year term beginning after the 2014 campaign.

For more on the Champions Bowl and other college football, please be sure to check out our College Football Hub and SBNation.com for all the latest news and updates.

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