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College playoff: Something doesn't fit

So now we know the wheres and who's of the imaginatively-named College Football Playoff, and I have to say everything makes sense but one thing.

Cowboys Stadium as the site for the first CFP national championship game?

Hey, go big or go home.

The Cotton, Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta in the six-game rotation for the semifinal games?

Nice to see the Cotton re-assume its traditional place in the bowl hierarchy.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl as the sixth game in the rotation?

Uhh ... come again?

How the heck did the Chick-fil-A Bowl get in there?

The Chick-fil-A Bowl, remember, used to be the Peach Bowl, which was and always been a member of the All Them Others bowl lineup. It's never been played on New Year's Day. As recently as two years ago, both the teams who played in it (Auburn and Virginia) were unranked. Only three times since its inception in 1968 has a team ranked in the top ten played in it.

Shoot. Indiana's played in this game. Twice.

Now it's one of the big dogs?

I'm thinking there must have been a cash-filled envelope involved. Or several.

Ben Smith's blog.

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