The Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences got good news Monday: the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and Holiday Bowl have agreed to showcase more teams during the postseason. Beginning next year and through 2019, the Pac-12 and Big Ten will add two more teams to bowl games.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl was announced to play at Levi Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. The Holiday Bowl is played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
“The Holiday Bowl has been a long-time valued partner of the Pac-12 and we are grateful to continue our relationship with the bowl game and the city of San Diego,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on the Pac-12 official website. “There has always been a buzz about this game throughout our Conference and we anticipate this new partnership with the Big Ten will provide many exciting and memorable games for years to come.”
The Rose Bowl and Alamo Bowl get the top one and two teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten, respectively. The Holiday Bowl will see the third best and Kraft will receive the fourth.
The driving reason for this new agreement is television money. With the Rose Bowl’s popularity, the Kraft and Holiday bowls are getting in on the Pac-12/Big Ten action. Pac-12 football overall is gaining popularity thanks in large part to the success of the Ducks on a national scale. Locking in #3 and #4 from the Big Ten could mean a match-ups with programs as renowned as Michigan or Nebraska. (Sorry, no Penn State until 2016.) Putting Pac-12 and Big Ten together is win-win for football fans across the country.
Both games are televised on ESPN and will kickoff in late December.