Wednesday May 27th, 2015

Nine cities entered bids to host the 2018, 2019 and 2020 College Football Playoff championship games.

The three host sites for the title games are expected to be announced in October. Wednesday was the deadline for host bid applications.

For 2018, Atlanta, Houston, Miami/South Florida and Santa Clara, Calif., submitted host bids.

For 2019, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio and Santa Clara sought bids.

For 2020, Charlotte, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio and Santa Clara applied.

Houston and Santa Clara were the only cities to submit bids for all three title games.

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, hosted the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game in January. Ohio State defeated Oregon, 42–20.

Last month, the Playoff selection committee said it would continue the same system for weekly rankings next season. The committee will begin releasing weekly rankings on Nov. 3, the first of six—one less than last season since the upcoming season will start one week later.

The final rankings, which will determine the four-team playoff, will be released Dec. 6.

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