Pac-12 reportedly planning shortened winter season, traditional postseason game
The Rose Bowl game is traditionally a clash of Big Ten and Pac-12 teams. This season, however, the Rose Bowl is one of the semifinal games for the College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 is reportedly hoping to have a “Rose Bowl-like” game against a Big Ten opponent in the spring.
The Rose Bowl-like game is mentioned in multiple reports. Tracy Pierson of 247Sports offered what a Pac-12 calendar might look like in a detailed report. According to Pierson, the Pac-12 is looking at an abbreviated season of five Pac-12 conference games along with a sixth game against a Big Ten foe and then a “potential” postseason Rose Bowl-like game featuring champions of the two power conferences. According to Pierson, the season would run from Feb. 6 to March 13, 2021. After March 13, there would be a two-week period for makeup games.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated shared another option for the Pac-12 season that would also include a potential “Rose Bowl-like” game. According to Dellenger, the Pac-12 could start preseason camp in December and then play 6-8 games starting in January. Dellenger notes that “the hope” is for the Pac-12 and Big Ten champs to meet in Pasadena.
It will certainly be interesting if college football has two “Rose Bowls” over a period of just a few months. The Playoff semifinal game is scheduled for New Year’s Day 2021.