User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Notre Dame's Kelly: All eyes on Cowboys Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Notre Dame chose to play a ``home'' game in North Texas long before Cowboys Stadium was picked as the first venue for the national championship in the new playoff system.

Advertisement
Now it just so happens that the Fighting Irish will play Arizona State in the $1.2 billion showplace of the Dallas Cowboys about nine months after losing to Alabama in the BCS championship game - and about 15 months before the first College Football Playoff title game that will cap the 2014 season.

``Although it might have been after the thought in terms of putting this together, it now becomes just that much more of a game that people will pay attention to,'' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Thursday before getting his first tour of Cowboys Stadium.

Notre Dame's game against the Sun Devils on Oct. 5 is the latest in the so-called ``Shamrock Series'' - home games away from storied Notre Dame Stadium. The series started in Texas in 2009 at the Alamodome in San Antonio before going to Yankee Stadium and the home of a Cowboys rival, the Washington Redskins.

Last year, the Irish played Miami in Chicago, a huge recruiting hub for them, and now they're coming to the stadium that always has players and coaches looking skyward for replays on the giant video board that hangs over the field.

Just 4 years old, Cowboys Stadium has already hosted a Super Bowl and an NBA All-Star game, and gets the Final Four next year.

``There's no question that when you talk about playing here at Cowboys Stadium, that gets every recruits attention,'' Kelly said. ``They know that venue. They want to play here. And with it being announced that it's the destination for the first national championship game, all eyes are on this geographic area, in particular this venue.''

Alabama started its second straight championship season - and third in the past four - with a 41-14 victory against Michigan at Cowboys Stadium last year. The Crimson Tide lost to Texas A&M and went into the BCS game ranked second to Notre Dame before blowing out the Irish 42-14.

The four-team playoff will have a rotating system of semifinal sites with existing bowls - including the Cotton Bowl, which is played at Cowboys Stadium. The championship game is open to bidding every year, and Cowboys Stadium edged Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., for the title game on Jan. 12, 2015.

The next question for Kelly is whether - or maybe when - the playoff field expands.

``I like where we're starting,'' Kelly said. ``I think the focus is going to be on the format and the format being the four teams playing it off and getting to a championship game. I think that's going to be the focus and moving forward, it will be on whether it's eight (teams), 16, whatever the number is.''

After leading the Irish to the BCS title game, Kelly has seen it all when it comes to the postseason. He won consecutive Division II national championships in a 16-team playoff at Grand Valley State. He was denied a chance to play for the BCS title with unbeaten Cincinnati in 2009. He waited more than a month to play Alabama, and the Irish promptly fell behind 28-0 before halftime.

``I've played every week, and I've had 42 days off,'' Kelly said. ``I do not like 42 days off. Our football team didn't like 42 days off. Now, Alabama played very well in the national championship game. We needed to play the next week. If there is a break of seven to 10 days, that's fine.''

That's almost exactly what it will be when the title game comes to Cowboys Stadium.

---

Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
BetOnline.ag: Alabama made 2017 favorite
Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Bowls
Fleck names 9 assistants at Minnesota
Oregon strength coach suspended
Robert Morris signs transfer QB
Frank Beamer named to CFP commitee
USC CB Jackson headed for NFL
Arkansas tabs Rhoads as new DC
Alabama AD Battle plans to step down
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 2051
Joe Williams + 1909
Pat Hawkins + 1752
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 400
Joe Nelson + 385
Scott Rickenbach + 380
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 60 %
Scott Rickenbach 59 %
Kyle Hunter 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1239
Scott Rickenbach + 1082
Kyle Hunter + 1023
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2485
Kyle Hunter + 2166
NeiltheGreek + 2076
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 805
Scott Rickenbach + 657
Pat Hawkins + 595
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership