The Big Ten football conference is expanding its postseason bowl schedule and heading out West.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences have reached an agreement to play in two bowl games in the light of the changing postseason and there not being a guarantee of the two conferences meeting in the Rose Bowl.
The first bowl matchup will be the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, which will move from being played in AT&T Park to being played at the San Francisco 49ers‘ new stadium that opens up in 2014.
The second bowl matchup between the two conferences will be in the Holiday Bowl. The Holiday Bowl has and will continue to be played in Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers.
Commissioners Jim Delany of the Big Ten and Larry Scott of the Pac-12 held a teleconference to announce the move today.
With the Bowl Championship Series coming to an end and the implementation of a playoff into the college football postseason, it was important to the commissioners of the conference to keep ties and continue matching up against each other.
The two conferences will still play in the Rose Bowl on years where the semi-finals of the playoffs don’t land in Pasadena.
The Pinstripe Bowl, which is played at Yankee Stadium in New York, has also been added to the lineup of future bowl games for the conference. The conference also expects to stick with some of its past bowl games like the Capital One, Gator, and Outback, while potentially adding more in the future.