There are few more enduring symbols in college football than the Rose Bowl, which, at themeetings, has become emblematic of a sport caught between traditional pageantry and a lucrative future.
College football leaders who are trying to iron out a postseason playoff format are strongly divided over the game, which was first played in 1902 and traditionally matches the winners of the Pac-12 and the Big Ten.
Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds identified the Rose Bowl as an impediment to making a playoff system a reality. Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner, said he and Dodds had disagreed on a playoff for two decades, and he tweaked Dodds, saying that he should be excited as “the discussions become more mature.”
Delany defended the Rose Bowl and compared the coming changes in college football to the Arab Spring, the revolts that erupted across the Middle East and North Africa last year.