Why not place the National Title game in the Holiday Bowl? Its the one bowl where at least 80% of the time your going to get an exciting game that comes down to the last minute. Even when on paper its going to be a blowout, the Holiday Bowl usually comes through. Money will prevent it from even happening, but, if they go to a playoff system, put the title game in the Murph/new stadium in San Diego. Maybe then the championship game won't be the usual 30 plus point blowout.
I want you to know, I agree with everything I've just said.
You are aware that, according to the Reactionary Laws of College Football, you probably just doomed the Hoilday Bowl to 20 years of blowouts, right?
Seriously, you have a point. However, I don't think that it has anything to do with the stigma of the bowl (i.e., it's the Holiday Bowl) so much as the matchups (which seem to be blowouts on paper, but really aren't). By its nature, the BCS is designed to be a close game - which, as we've seen multiple times, can result in blowouts.
Now, if there's two evenly matched teams in the Holiday Bowl (ala BCS), then I just can't shake the idea that it'll be a complete blowout. Maybe it's just me and my twisted logic.
While not a National Title game, the National Title has been won at the Holiday Bowl at least once that I remember. When I was 9 years old, I remember watching BYU win the National Title by winning the 1984 Holiday Bowl. Of course, most college football fans thought it was ridiculous because BYU won the National Championship after playing a pansy schedule and then beating a 6-5 Michigan team in the Holiday Bowl.
The Holiday Bowl is definitely one of the more traditionally good, and wild, bowl games but, if they played the National Championship game there it would inevitably be a boring blowout. There's just something about championship football games, whether it's college or Super Bowl, that usually results in a blowout.
I'd really love it if they would just adopt the NFL's playoff system in college. Let the top six teams in and give the top two a bye. Then you'd have two first round games, two second round games and a final. That would require five bowls. So take Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, and use Outback or Cotton for the fifth and you'd be set. You could still have those other twenty odd bowls to appease the colleges and the fans would be happy too. Just my 2cents.
They met each other in Ireland in '96, so there should be some members of the Athletic Department staffs who should be familiar with the logistics. Doing it for the opening game of the season seems odd though.