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College Football Playoff title game will have a halftime show. Who should take the stage?

Marching bands will still be available for viewing, though.

The traditional college football halftime show features both school marching bands performing on the field while both teams are in the locker room. This year’s halftime show of the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta, Ga., will have that same traditional show and more. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that there will be a “Super Bowl-like” halftime show, in the form of a concert that will take place outside of the stadium.

ESPN and the College Football Playoff say they will announce Tuesday that a musical guest will perform at halftime of this season's title game in Atlanta on Jan. 8, 2018, and the performance will be aired on ESPN. The halftime concert will be held in Centennial Olympic Park, near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. An artist has not yet been booked.

ESPN’s Senior Director of Communications, Keri Potts, later added on Twitter that the traditional halftime show featuring the bands will air on ESPN’s Megacast broadcast, but the halftime show will air on ESPN.

Since we don’t know just who exactly will be performing at this year’s halftime show, I took it upon myself to come up with a list of suggestions, pretending money is no object.

1. Migos: Not only would this be a good musical choice in general in my humble opinion, they’re from Atlanta, and since the game is there, essentially this makes perfect sense. In other words, “Do it for the culture,” ATL.

2. Katy Perry: She absolutely killed her halftime show at the Super Bowl a couple years ago, and maybe she can ride the giant mechanical lion again like she did while performing “Roar.”

Oh, and she’s also a familiar face to college football fans, as well. She was a guest picker on ESPN’s College GameDay back in 2014, where she revealed her true love for then-Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight.

An LSU corndog reference was also of course made.


3. Beyonce: Queen B works literally with every and any venue or performance, don’t @ me if you think otherwise.

4. Usher: Another Atlanta resident, Usher, could make sense. He’s also performed in front of a college football audience before — the Sunday night before last year’s Alabama-Clemson CFP national championship, he closed out the College Football Playoff's Playoff Playlist Live concert series in Tampa last year.

5. Coldplay: The group performed the halftime show of Super Bowl 50, with a surprise guest appearance by Beyonce and Bruno Mars, as well.

These are obviously just suggestions, but I’d like to think any number of artists would make for a fun show. It’s also pretty cool to see college football experimenting with the Super Bowl’s traditional halftime show.