Cotton Bowl may open roof for College Football Playoff semifinal


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By WVUA 23 Sports

Sports Writer Ken Capps has covered over 20 college football ‘Bowl Games’ at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Still, he believes Friday’s College Football Playoff Semifinal between Alabama and Cincinnati could mark a “Cotton Bowl” first for his career.

“There’s also talk of the roof being open at AT&T Stadium on Friday,” said Capps, who covers the game for the Football Writers Association of America. “No decision has been made on that yet, but it’s very, very rare for Mr. Jerry Jones (owner of the Dallas Cowboys) to open that roof.

“But the weather is going to be perfect here Friday and the thought was maybe, if the roof was open, maybe that would allow a little more fresh air into the stadium.”

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. is home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Since 2012, when the stadium opened, Alabama football has a 5-0 record at AT&T Stadium.

Capps says the College Football Playoff Game between Alabama and Cincinnati is a “sold out” of tickets last week.

“There are tons of Alabama fans here in North Texas,” Capps said. “In Dallas, in Ft. Worth and everywhere – trust me, I see their flags flying all over the place around here.”

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl with the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and the fourth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats kicks off Friday afternoon at 2:30. It’s one of two College Football Playoff Semifinals that day. No. 2 Michigan plays No. 3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. That game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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