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Rose Bowl could face changes to traditional matchup with diminished Pac-12

The prestige of the Rose Bowl, which traditionally pits teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 against each other, is “suddenly on life support” with USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten, according to Dennis Dodd of CBSSPORTS.com. The two schools have combined to play in 43% of all Rose Bowl games, and if there is a “wounded, diminished Pac-12 that somehow lives on, does the Rose Bowl want to remain partners?” A source said, “They just destroyed the Rose Bowl, too, as a Pac-12 asset" (CBSSPORTS.com, 7/1). THE ATHLETIC’s Stewart Mandel noted USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 is a “gut punch” to the tradition of the Rose Bowl. The game’s “entire identity revolves around its Big Ten/Pac-12 tradition, even though it’s now only two out of every three years.” Mandel: “Now one of those leagues may be cratering toward extinction” (THEATHLETIC.com, 6/30). In California, Jim Alexander wonders, “What if Oregon and Washington, the next most desirable teams in the conference, subsequently defect, too? Maybe the Rose Bowl turns into a best-available-opponents matchup” (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 7/1).

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