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Houston a potential target for seventh playoff bowl

If the five smaller conferences can swing a seventh playoff game -- all depends on what kind of TV contract they can muster, and early signs don't seem good -- Houston appears to be a target.

Officials have had preliminary discussions with the city about hosting the seventh bowl, according to sources. Certainly other cities could be considered, but Houston is a viable option because of a solid facility (Reliant Stadium), its centralized location and the city's eagerness to elevate its bowl portfolio beyond the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

With six playoff bowls already cemented, commissioners and presidents are waiting to see if the Big East and company can pull this off. The proposed partnership in September meetings would match the highest-ranked champion among the current non-automatic qualifiers -- Big East, Mountain West, Sun Belt, Conference USA, Mid-American Conferences -- and a team from Pac-12 or Big 12.

Big East commissioner Mike Aresco believes the seventh playoff game is alive and well. The question will be: Can they sell it?

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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