The Rose Bowl Game
The Rose Bowl is often referred to as the 'Granddaddy of Them All.' It earned this title in NCAA college football
because it is the oldest bowl game. The Rose Bowl was first played in 1902 and has been played every season since 1916. The game is usually played on New Year's Day unless that falls on a Sunday. If that is the case, the game is played the following Monday. The Rose Bowl is the most traditional of all the bowl games, fighting hard to maintain its status is the biggest game.
The Rose Bowl is played in Pasadena, California. It has been played at Rose Bowl stadium since 1923, except for 1942 when the game was moved to North Carolina following fallout from the Pearl Harbor attack. It pits the Big Ten champion
against the PAC-12 champion
. This tradition began in the forties and continued that way until the advent of the Bowl Championship Series.
was created to try and pit the top two teams in a National Championship Game. The Rose Bowl reluctantly agreed to join provided they could maintain their conference tie-ins unless one of those teams reached the title game. The Rose Bowl was designated as the title game in 2002 and 2006. The 2002 Rose Bowl game between Miami and Nebraska snapped their string of pitting games between Big Ten and PAC-10 teams. In 2007 the BCS added a fifth game that would be called the BCS Championship Game.
This game takes place at the same site as one of the other four BCS bowls. As a result in 2010, the Rose Bowl game was played on January 1 while the BCS Championship Game was played a week later at the same location.
The Rose Bowl is the largest stadium among the bowl games. The game is also part of the Tournament of Rose New Year's celebration. It includes a grand parade the day of the game. While the other major bowl games have shifted off from New Years Day to other prime time slots on different days, the Rose Bowl remains fixed in its New Years Day afternoon time slot. The Rose Bowl also avoided corporate sponsorship until 1999. Since then it has been sponsored by AT&T, Sony, and now by Citi.
When the Big Ten and PAC-10 (now PAC-12) champions clinch their conference titles, they are given roses on the field. This is a sign that they have earned their bid to Pasadena to play in the game. Each conference has different tiebreaker procedures.
Part of the agreement with the BCS requires that occasionally the Rose Bowl must take a team from a non-BCS conference if they automatically qualify and if the Big Ten or PAC-10 champion reaches the BCS Championship Game. That could happen for the first time this season.
USC has played in the most Rose Bowl games, playing there 33 times. Michigan leads the way for Big Ten teams with 20 appearances. Alabama has played there six times, the most for a team outside of the Big Ten or PAC-10. Arizona is the only team from the Big Ten or PAC-10 to never reach the Rose Bowl.
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