PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: A general view as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
More playoff funkiness.
BIG Ten-P12 looking for place to stage "Rose Bowl" when Rose bowl is a semifinal. More games means less semifinals for RB, Champions Bowl.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 19, 2012
Context tweet: Adding more games to playoff rotation could allow BIG/ P12 a site to have a 'Rose Bowl" Big 10-P12 matchup when RB is a semi.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 19, 2012
This is strange. Tradition dictates the Rose Bowl be a more meaningful game, but you'd think economics would dictate a more modern stadium be used for a college football playoff semifinal. The Rose Bowl brings the tradition, but the amenities still have to be modernized by quite a bit, and the lack of club seats or state-of-the-art facilities could slightly diminish the value of the game in terms of rich ticket-holders interested in buying a ticket.
Trust me how little I understand any of this. All I know is the Pac-12 will be playing in at least one of these games, if not both, and they should end up both being situated in West Coast territory. I'd imagine the "Rose Bowl" between a Pac-12 and Big Ten team would now be in an NFL stadium like the new Santa Clara complex or whatever NFL stadium they construct in Los Angeles (the Fiesta Bowl site might also be feasible for the near-term.