Beginning in 2014, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has announced that it will host a Big Ten vs. Pac-12 match-up in its bowl game to be held at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the 49ers.
The bowl reached a six-year agreement that creates a new partnership with the Big Ten and bolsters selection rights from an existing agreement with the Pac-12, according to its official website.
The KFH Bowl will now have the fourth selection from the Pac-12, which comes after the Rose Bowl and College Football Playoff bowls, Alamo and Holiday Bowls. Currently, they have the sixth pick, which has seen Arizona State and UCLA make the trek up north in recent years. USC was selected back in 2009 to face Boston College, back when the bowl was branded as the Emerald Bowl.
Per the website, the Bowl will work with the Big Ten “to create the best possible matchup for the Pac-12 and ensure that at least five different Big Ten teams visit the Bay Area during the six-year term.” That’s a sentiment that Larry Scott echoed on Monday, telling the media that he has a plan in place to avoid repetitive bowl trips.
With this new partnership, the rivalry between the Big 10 and the Pac-12 will continue to thrive, as it now gives the Pac-12 three bowl games with Big Ten tie-ins, after the Rose Bowl and Holiday bowl.