The Pacific-12 and Big Ten conferences consist of many of the marquee schools in college sports, so there's understandably some excitement surrounding Wednesday's announcement that the two conferences have agreed to expand their relationship going forward. The agreement will increase the number of times that teams from both conferences play each other in a variety of sports, but the focus of the agreement is centered on football.
With many of the nation's major football powerhouses, such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, USC and Oregon, playing in one of the two conferences, this agreement could have a major impact on the college football landscape. According to the announcement, the Pacific-12 plans on having each of its team face at least one Big Ten team annually by 2017 as part of non-conference scheduling.
The two conferences have long had a relationship in the college football world through the Rose Bowl, which has posed a Big Ten team against a Pac-12 team annually since 1947. This year's match-up is between the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks.
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