The Pac-12 has had a terrible track record in bowl games in recent years. Last year the conference suffered a loss to a Mid-American Conference team when Central Michigan handled Washington State in the Sun Bowl.
With Lincoln Riley coming to USC, the Pac-12 can expect to be better in bowl games in the coming years. The conference hopes that the “Riley Effect” lifts all boats in the league and creates far better moments in late December and early January.
The centerpiece of every Pac-12 bowl season is the Rose Bowl. This season, New Year’s Day is on an NFL Sunday, which means the Granddaddy has to slide over to Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. It will be played at its normal, traditional start time of just after 2 p.m. in Pasadena.
The Holiday Bowl was not played last year due to UCLA’s last-minute backout against North Carolina State. The Holiday Bowl hasn’t yet announced a start time, understandably uncertain about the best position for its game, which has not been played since 2019 due to pandemic complications.
Here, below, is the Pac-12 bowl schedule minus the Holiday Bowl:
JIMMY KIMMEL L.A. BOWL — DECEMBER 17, 12:30 P.M., ABC
There will be seven bowls played on December 17. This is one of them. Prepare to feast just before Christmas.
LAS VEGAS BOWL — SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 4:30 P.M., ABC
This is another Pac-12 bowl on Dec. 17, also on ABC. The SEC will play the Pac-12.
ALAMO BOWL — THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 — 6 P.M., ESPN
The star of last year’s Alamo Bowl might be familiar to USC fans. Caleb Williams of Oklahoma torched Oregon in his last game with the Sooners. He then became a Trojan. You might have heard about that recently.
SUN BOWL — FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 11 A.M., CBS
The Sun Bowl gave the Pac-12 its most humiliating loss of the 2021 bowl season. We’ll see if anything changes this season.
ROSE BOWL — MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2 P.M., ABC
Note the change from ESPN to ABC for this season’s Rose Bowl Game.