The bowl trading winds are blowing in full force. Yesterday, it was the Holiday Bowl that was reportedly on the verge of a shake up. Today, it’s the Copper Bowl, more recently known as the Insight Bowl and currently dubbed the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
CBSSports.com is reporting that the Pac-12 could be re-working itself back into the Valley of Sun, as the game is played at Sun Devil Stadium, which would give the conference two bowl tie-ins at home venues and three in home markets: Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco.
The bowl in Tempe, Ariz., is negotiating with the Big 12 and Pac-12 as yearly tie-ins, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. A deal is not done but appears probable. The bowl, which is run by the Fiesta Bowl folks and has been heavily subsidized in recent years, won’t garner a large payout compared to other bowls but still has several interested parties, including the Big Ten.
The Pac-12 previously had a bowl tie-in with the then named Insight Bowl from 2002 to 2005, when it was held at Bank One Ballpark/Chase Field. The conference was 3-1 in the bowls, with wins over traditional powers Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
Currently, the top Pac-12 team goes to the Rose Bowl, followed by the Alamo, Holiday, Sun, Vegas, Emerald and New Mexico bowls in terms of selection. Should the deal be struck, the conference would regain a tie-in with the Big 12, who are reportedly dropping the Holiday Bowl.