Cities Chosen to Host 2025 and 2026 NCAA Football Title Game
On Monday, it was announced by the College Football Playoff that the 2026 NCAAF Championship will be hosted in Miami, Florida. Additional reports have confirmed that the 2025 Championship Game will be hosted in Atlanta, however, the CFP has not yet confirmed that to be the case so as of now, it’s only strong speculation.
With this announcement, Miami (and potentially Atlanta) will become the first city to repeat as a host city for the NCAA Championship, having hosted it in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with a number of restrictions in place.
Giving Miami the opportunity to host again so soon is a clear choice to make up for the lack of revenue & strict standards they were forced to keep, as the first host city following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Should Atlanta officially be chosen as well, it will be their second time hosting as well, having previously done so in 2018. The CFP signed a 12-year contract in 2014, and it’s expected that they’ll continue to hold the NCAA Championship game following the renewal of their contract in 2026 (with additional potential television partners and an expanded scope).
With 2025 likely locked in, and 2026 officially locked in, the final four years of the existing deal have been determined: Los Angeles in 2023, Houston in 2024, Atlanta probable for 2025, and Miami for 2026.
Alabama Suspends Former Texas WR Indefinitely
Texas Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian announced on Friday that, following his arrest for criminal mischief, Agiye Hall has been suspended indefinitely from team activities. Hall was arrested last Thursday night for tampering with a vehicle boot and was released on a $0 bond.
This suspension is only the latest for Hall, having previously been suspended by Nick Saban while still a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
At the time, Saban had noted that Hall had had opportunities to earn his way back onto the team previously, but would not be granted such leniency again, which likely contributed greatly to Hall’s entry into the transfer portal following the end of the most recent season.
While not ideal for the Longhorns to miss out on one of their most hyped recruits for the coming football season, Hall was just one name among many that transferred to Texas over the off-season, as he was joined by Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyer and Iowa State’s Tarique Milton. How long Hall will be suspended remains to be seen, but we can expect additional news on his suspension as we near the start of the NCAAF season.
Alabama Leads Preseason Rankings; Ohio State & Georgia Round Out Top 3
With the college football season set to begin soon, the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 was released this Monday, and, to the surprise of very few, Nick Saban’s Alabama program topped the list at No.1.
Filling out the rest of the top 3 were Ohio State at No.2 and Georgia at No.3, both of whom were the only other teams to receive first-place votes.
Notable additions to the top 5 were Clemson at No. 4 (who started the previous season ranked at 14), and Notre Dame at No. 5. Much of the list was made up by many of the usual suspects, such as Michigan, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
Following their offseason coaching moves & the addition of Caleb Williams at Quarterback, USC made it to No. 14 on the list, after not receiving a single Top 25 vote the year prior, a key indicator of just how different the expectations will be for their program this year.