PHOENIX -- No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama are in town, and few seem to think the Tigers have much of a chance against the Crimson Tide.
Both teams do have obligations to fulfill in the short four days or so they are in town for the national title game. After arriving Friday, Saturday morning was for media followed by team practices.
The city of Phoenix has transformed its downtown into a party zone. The area right across from Talking Stick Resort Arena is the Championship Campus/Playoff Playlist, where live musical acts started performing Friday night. Nearby is the Phoenix Convention Center, site of media day and Playoff Central.
Playoff Central is the fan fest for the championship game. There's plenty to do for people of all ages, even if the T-shirts and other memorabilia are overpriced.
On Media Day, players and the head coaches of both teams spent an hour with reporters. The setting was a stadium-like scene inside the convention center with bleachers on both ends and fans of both teams allowed access to the seats but not the interview area.
It's never easy to be the host city for a national championship game but this event is bigger than ever. It's not of the magnitude of the Super Bowl that was held here about a year ago and the weather has not really cooperated with some rain and cold (for central Arizona) temperatures. But it's a happy scene.
ESPN has all the major access as the host network of the game on Monday, so they brought out their main anchors and analysts for the game of course. Tim Tebow, the former Florida and NFL quarterback, has been all over the place. He had a crowd of Clemson players around him.
Good move to hold media day early to avoid the crush of crowds downtown later in the day who headed to the city to see Walk The Moon and Ciara. I'm taking the family to Playoff Central tomorrow and there is a media party, so hopefully I'll have more from that. Also Media Day didn't conflict with the NFL games on Saturday, so everybody wins.
Alabama will wear white and Clemson orange on Monday, though the Tigers' purple uniforms look nice.