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The coaches on the Big 12’s spring teleconference were already talking about the Cotton Bowl having a spot in the rotation as if it was a done deal.

“I think it’s really exciting for this region, for everybody, and I think all of the schools in this region, to have Dallas as one of those sites is great for everybody in this region, and exciting for everybody,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Obviously, everybody knows what a great and quality, what an awesome stadium it is, then the location for us is an advantage, or should be.”

The first semifinals will be played at the Rose and Sugar bowls.

The site of the first national championship game in the new system will also be determined at these meetings and the finalists are Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the billion dollar home of the NFL team and the Cotton Bowl, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., home of the Buccaneers.

Arlington is the favorite to land that first championship game, but the competition from Tampa has been serious.

“I’m glad it has,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday. “I think it will give us a better outcome.”

Also on the agenda this week for the commissioners will be the composition of the selection committee that will set the field for the playoff. They have said they would like the committee to be similar to the one that picks the teams for the NCAA basketball tournament, made up of conference commissioners and athletic directors.

Bowlsby said he expected both current and former administrators to have a spot on the committee.

“The hardest thing is making sure we’re arming whoever is on the committee with the tools that it takes to differentiate among closely proximal teams,” Bowlsby said. “You have to have some metrics available to differentiate between three, four, five, six and seven.”

“You can’t just say we like blue uniforms and not gold uniforms. You’ve got to arm the committee with the tools that it takes to do their job.”