The Rose Bowl Game will return to its traditional format in 2022 when the champions of the Big Ten and Pac 12 square off in the Granddaddy of Them All.
According to the tri-party agreement between the Tournament of Roses Association and the two college football conferences, the Rose Bowl Game is contractually obligated to feature champions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.
The contract is the longest consecutive bowl and conference agreement in college football, dating back to 1946, and was first executed in the 1947 Rose Bowl Game.
If the Pac-12 or Big Ten Conference Champion is selected to the National Championship or National Semifinals, that team is released to play in that game and the Tournament of Roses Association selects a replacement team.
Should a team from the Big Ten or Pac-12 be selected to play in the College Football Playoff, the Tournament of Roses traditionally selects the next-highest CFP-ranked team from that conference.
In addition to being a traditional matchup, the 108th Rose Bowl Game will also kick off the Rose Bowl Stadium’s 16-month celebration of its 100th-anniversary celebration.