Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New bowl arrangements?
By Ted Miller
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has been a busy bee this week, yet we somehow missed his update on the Pac-12's progress with its new bowl game negotiations, which included Wilner projecting a potential future lineup.
It's an interesting article because it's clear Pac-12 administrators are trying to improve the configuration and selection process.
Wilner reported the likely addition of an eighth bowl game -- the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl -- which is run by the Fiesta Bowl and played in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. It's likely to feature a Big 12 foe.
He also projects the ascension of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl as it moves into the San Francisco 49ers' new home, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. That will be another Pac-12-Big Ten matchup.
And, no, it doesn't appear there will be any Pac-12-SEC games, which many of you are clamoring for. I'm sure any of the Pac-12's bowl games would love to entice an SEC team to come on board but the SEC has a very strong lineup of bowls games, particularly at the top, and those games are played close to home.
Here's how Wilner projects the future lineup, which will begin in 2014, same season as the first four-team College Football Playoff.
4. Kraft Fight Hunger (Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara)
6. Las Vegas
7. Buffalo Wild Wings
8. New Mexico
That's a full lineup. Consider that some years you could have multiple Pac-12 teams in the playoff and even then have a team play in the Rose Bowl, though that might be a long shot.