In case you missed it Monday the Big 10 and Pac-12 decided to add two Bowl Games to their respective end of season slates. Both the Holiday Bowl and the Kraft ‘Fight Hunger’ Bowl will be played between the conferences for the next six years. The deals are extensions for the Pac 12 and new agreements for the Big 10.
Here’s the simple breakdown:
The Holiday Bowl will get the 2nd pick behind the Alamo Bowl after the BCS/College Football Playoff makes their choice. The Big 10 selection will be decided with the conference for the best likely matchup.
“The Holiday Bowl has been a long-time valued partner of the Pac-12 and we are grateful to continue our relationship with the bowl game and the city of San Diego,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “There has always been a buzz about this game throughout our Conference and we anticipate this new partnership with the Big Ten will provide many exciting and memorable games for years to come.”
The Kraft ‘Fight Hunger’ Bowl will get the 4th pick in the Conference behind the Rose Bowl, Alamo Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. Again, the Big 10’s option is open for the best available matchup. The ‘Fight Hunger’ Bowl is also getting a shiny new stadium in 2015 – well it’s not just for them, it’s the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The game will be moving from AT&T Park to the new Santa Clara Stadium, which is also hosting the Super Bowl in 2016.
Aside from the Rose Bowl, which was an exclusive Pac 12/Big 10 Matchup of the Best of the Best of the Conferences and still is, there are now more options to wet the appetites of college football fans everywhere. Now, if someone would get together an SEC vs Pac 12 Bowl then we would have something to not only celebrate, but also to likely fight about.
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