In a move that would take home field advantage away from the Pac-12 Conference leader at the end of the regular season the Conference is considering taking the title game out of the hands of the regular season winner and placing it squarely in the middle of the Bay Area leaving teams in the pacific northwest at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to the deciding factor for who plays in the Rose Bowl.
For Oregon, who hosted UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship at Autzen Stadium just a few seasons ago it will also take away revenue from cities like Eugene who welcome fans each weekend of the regular season to watch the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. The stadium is as state of the art as they come with the latest technological advancements and if your a fan of a Bay Area team the move certainly makes sense. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott confirmed in a text message to Sports Illustrated that the idea was being discussed for ‘this’ season. Of course the big concern is will fans travel south to see their team play.
If the conclusion is to move the game it will be held at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on December 5th. The Oregon Ducks will have already played a regular season game at the new facility when the face the Cal Bears there on Friday October 24th.