Nov 22, 2012
Rose Bowl prepared for possibility of Pac-12 Championship game
Renovations continue on the Rose Bowl Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Construction
continues on the utility loop around the outside of the stadium, southeast and south side.
(SGVN/Staff File Photo by Walt Mancini)
Steve Rameriz - San Gabriel Valley News - November 22, 2012
The Rose Bowl has hosted Super Bowls, Bowl Championship Series national title games, World Cup soccer finals and the annual Rose Bowl Game.
Workers Thursday, September 6, 2012, were putting the
finishing touches on the Rose Bowl ahead of Saturday's UCLA
Bruins' first home game of the season against the Nebraska
Cornhuskers.(SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini)
The Pac-12 Conference title game could be added to the list next week.
The game, which pits the conference's South and North divisions champions, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 30 at the site of the division champion with the best record.
UCLA, which clinched the South title with last week's 38-28 victory over rival USC, is in the running to host the game at the Rose Bowl. But it will depend on what happens Saturday when No. 5 Oregon travels to No. 15 Oregon State at noon, and No. 17 UCLA hosts No. 8 Stanford at 3:30 p.m.
If UCLA wins and Oregon loses, the game will be at the Rose Bowl.
“The city will be ready,” said Darryl Dunn, Rose Bowl general manager. “Now Oregon needs to lose and UCLA needs to win, but the stadium will be prepared. The Pac-12 (came over) today to look over the facility. We'll work with them and UCLA.
“It's still uncertain, but we'll be prepared. It will basically be no different than any other UCLA home game. If it happens, we'll have an exciting game on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. If not, we'll watch UCLA on television.”
This will be the Pac-12's second title game. Oregon, which went on to beat Wisconsin in the 98th Rose Bowl Game, hosted it and defeated UCLA last season. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has said in the past he prefers a home crowd for the conference's championship game, as opposed to the Southeastern and Big Ten conference championships games, which are played at neutral sites.
The other question about a possible Pac-12 title game is traffic, with the game scheduled for a Friday night during rush hour.
“No question it being a week day will create more challenges,” Dunn said. “If it happens, we will start communicating and make people more aware. Hopefully, people get to the game early.”
The winner of the Pac-12 title will likely play the Big Ten Champion in the 99th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1. Oregon, which needs to win and hope for a Stanford loss to win the North, is still in the running for the BCS title game.
The Big Ten title game is on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis, and will feature Wisconsin vs. either Nebraska or Michigan.