During today’s conference call with SEC coaches, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said the Arlington facility would be an appropriate place to being college football’s playoff era following the 2014 regular season.
“Without a doubt, they can handle it,” said Sumlin, whose team defeated Oklahoma 41-13 on Jan. 4 at the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, played annually at Cowboys Stadium. “The combination of the hospitality … and one of the best venues in the country, Cowboys Stadium is just a fabulous place to play in.”
Baylor coach Art Briles has taken his team to Arlington multiple times for neutral-site contests against Texas Tech. He said the flexible seating configurations inside the dome stadium should be a huge asset for college football administrators seeking to make a positive statement with the first game under the umbrella of the new College Football Playoff, which officially replaced the BCS on Tuesday.
“I don’t know how they’ll configure the seats, but they can hold up to … 100,000 people in there and you’ll never have bad weather,” Briles said. “I’m all for it. I’m all for a national playoff and all for it being in (Cowboys Stadium), because it’s a great stadium.”
_ Jimmy Burch