Stoops hoping for 'closer' Champions Bowl

NORMAN, Okla. -- Five cities have submitted bids to be the host of the new Champions Bowl, which was created by the SEC and Big 12 as a postseason home for each league's champion beginning with the 2014 season.

Among those to bid is Arlington, Texas, home to Cowboys Stadium. Arlington is considered one of the favorites along with New Orleans.

Bob Stoops, who has played three national championship games in opponents’ home states, is rooting hard for Arlington to land the game.

“It would be awesome,” he said. “Anything here closer by, in Arlington, it’s a great stadium and for us, that’d be a great advantage, I would like to think. It would be a great venue to play in.”

If the SEC or Big 12 champion advances to the national semifinals, each conference would then provide another team for the Champions Bowl. The Champions Bowl also will be part of the national playoff semifinal rotation four times during the 12-year term, starting after the 2014 regular season.

“Anything closer,” Stoops said, “where we could have opportunities to have more fans and collect more tickets, like we’ve been on the opposite side of that in big games, it makes a difference.”