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Big Ten officially adds Kraft Fight Hunger to bowl rotation

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As expected, the Big Ten has added another West Coast presence to its future bowl rotation.

In a press release sent out Monday, the conference announced that it has reached a six-year agreement with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.  The San-Francisco-based (for now) game will pit the Big Ten against its Rose Bowl rival the Pac-12.

The agreement runs from the end of the 2014 season through the 2019 season.  The game, which had been played at AT&T Park since its inception in 2002, will move to the San Francisco 49ers’ new Santa Clara in the first-year of the agreement.

“The opportunity for the Big Ten Conference to play an annual bowl game in a world-class city like San Francisco, in a state-of-the-art, new NFL stadium, and in an area rich in football tradition appealed to our Directors of Athletics and head coaches,” B1G commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement.

Not only will the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl pit the Big Ten against the Pac-12, it will feature a higher-quality member of the latter league.

Previously, the Fight Hunger game settled for the No. 6 choice from the Pac-12.  Starting with the 2014 game, that bowl will have the No. 4 choice from that conference, behind the Rose/Playoff Group, Alamo and Holiday bowls.

A Pac-12 team has played in this postseason game six of the past seven years.

“We are delighted to continue the Pac-12’s relationship with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and thrilled to build on our postseason partnership with the Big Ten Conference in the Bay Area,” Delany’s Pac-12 counterpart, Larry Scott, said in a statement.

“Having the opportunity to showcase the two conferences with a quality match-up in the San Francisco 49ers new state-of-the-art stadium is a win-win for our teams and fans.”

In addition to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, it’s expected the Holiday Bowl will announce a similar agreement with the Big Ten later today.  That bowl would also feature a Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup.

The Big Ten had previously announced a new arrangement with the Pinstripe Bowl.  An announcement on the ACC partnering with that bowl is expected to be made Tuesday.

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4 Responses to “Big Ten officially adds Kraft Fight Hunger to bowl rotation”
  1. drummerhoff says: Jun 24, 2013 2:56 PM

    Is it just me or does it seem the B1G keep moving further and further away from the Worldwide Leader?

    I see a future college football world with the SEC & ESPN on one side and the B1G & Fox on the otherside.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Jun 24, 2013 3:01 PM

    Who will play in the game when the Big 10 doesn’t have enough bowl eligible teams?

  3. bertenheim says: Jun 24, 2013 7:39 PM

    8-4 Northwestern v. 7-5 Oregon St. Yippee.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Jun 24, 2013 11:06 PM

    If you guys don’t like bowl games than follow college basketball or baseball instead.

    I love bowl games and what they mean to different fan bases. My favorite game from the last 4 yrs was Temple vs Wyoming, because each team was grateful to be there. And they didn’t complain and blow off the blow game like some teams do when they go to games they think is beneath them.

    I’ve been to 14 different bowl games in states from Cali to Florida, it’s still fun to watch no matter what the haters say and some lower tier games are much better than the National Championship some years. In 2011 the Alamo Bowl with RG3 was way better than the NC rematch game ESPN kept pumping up.

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