Bidding for playoff sites to begin

The bidding process for the semifinal and championship sites for college football's upcoming playoff will begin this fall, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said.

Hancock said he expects that RFPs (request for proposals) will be sent to prospective host cities for the semifinals and championship game late this fall. He also said he expects the commissioners will decide all 24 semifinals sites and the first few championship-game sites in the spring of 2013.

College football's playoff will begin after the 2014 season and is set for the next 12 years.

Sources said the six favorites to rotate as the semifinal sites are the Sugar (New Orleans), Rose (Pasadena, Calif.), Orange (Miami), Fiesta (Phoenix), Cotton (Arlington, Texas) and Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) bowls.

Bids for the championship game will not be limited to existing bowls and will resemble the bidding process that exists for the Super Bowl.

Brett McMurphy covers college sports for ESPN.