The Conference of Champions has been involved in some of college football’s most historic moments, including its most storied bowl game. Fans and media are discussing the future outlook of the “Grandaddy of them all” online.
The Rose Bowl has been a football staple since 1902, having been played annually since 1916. The “East-West” matchup typically pits Big Ten and PAC 12 opponents against one another each year in Pasadena.
Now, though, the PAC 12 has begun to crumble. A number of notable programs have opted to leave the conference as they announce intentions to join new leagues in 2024.
Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah will follow the Buffaloes to the Big XII. Oregon and Washington meanwhile will team back up with the Trojans and Bruins in the B1G.
Now, just four teams remain as the PAC 12 picks up the pieces.
That uncertainty has led to questions surrounding the future of the Rose Bowl. Brett McMurphy filled fans in on that future this week. It looks like the game will no longer have tie-ins as college football moves into the expanded playoff.
For those worried about Rose Bowl’s ties to Pac-12: those ended last year in final traditional Pac 12-B1G Rose Bowl (Utah vs. Penn State). This year Rose hosts a @CFBPlayoff semifinal & quarterfinal in ’24 & 25 playoffs. From 2026 on, Rose Bowl annually will be part of playoffs
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 7, 2023
This isn’t necessarily a new development as it had been previously that the Rose Bowl would change its setup in the new playoff structure. No longer will it be restricted to the Big Ten-PAC 12 tie-in.
Fans have been quick to respond.
Tradition is dead…
— Tristan White (@TornadoezWx) August 7, 2023
Hope the big wigs are happy they ruined the most precious college game of the year
— 𝙼𝙰𝚁𝙲𝙾🐤 (@HERKYMARCO) August 7, 2023
— HopelessNotRomantic (@BrianUnbothered) August 7, 2023
The Rose Bowl tradition is gone, but it will still remain one of the most important games of the year.