The 2022 Rose Bowl Game will be the 108th edition of The Granddaddy of Them All and will feature a traditional matchup of the Big Ten against the Pac-12.
The selection process for the Rose Bowl Game has, in a sense, gotten easier in the College Football Playoff (CFP) era. In what is known as a “traditional” Rose Bowl Game year, like the 2021-22 college football season, the Rose Bowl Game is contractually obligated to feature the Pac-12 Conference Champion and the Big Ten Conference Champion. The contract, known as a tri-party agreement, is between the Tournament of Roses, Big Ten, and Pac-12. It 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.
In both the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and now in the CFP, if 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 selects a replacement team.
In the past, the Tournament of Roses selected replacement teams like the University of Oklahoma (2003), University of Texas (2005, 2006), or Texas Christian University (2010) to play in the Rose Bowl Game. Now, however, in the CFP-system, the Tournament of Roses may only select a replacement team from its partner conferences (Big Ten and Pac-12).
Should a team from the Big Ten or Pac-12 be selected to play in the College Football Playoff, the Tournament of Roses will traditionally select the next-highest CFP-ranked team from that conference.
In addition to being a traditional matchup, the 108th Rose Bowl Game will also kickoff the Rose Bowl Stadium’s 16-month celebration of its 100th anniversary celebration.
The Rose Bowl Stadium was designed in 1921 and construction began in February 1922. The stadium was completed in October 1922 and hosted its first Granddaddy of Them All on January 1, 1923. Prior to playing the bowl game at the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Tournament of Roses East-West Football Game was played at Tournament Park, located on the campus of Cal Tech.
For more information on the celebration, visit RoseBowlStadium.com.