Minute Bowls! USC, Nebraska, UCLA and Stanford Are Among The Many College Football Teams Turning Down An Opportunity To Play in A Shrinking Number Of Bowl Games.

Southern California football players gather as they finish warming up before an NCAA college football game for the Pac-12 Conference championship against Oregon Friday, Dec 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

College football’s bowl season is turning out to resemble an episode of “The Bachelor,” but instead of everyone fighting for an invitation to the “fantasy suite,” teams are saying “no thanks.”

College football teams typically spend the whole season vying for an opportunity to play in a postseason bowl game, but this year many teams are deciding to pass in favor of just ending their season.

USC, Nebraska, Arizona State, UCLA, Kansas State, Minnesota, Michigan State and Stanford are all among the growing list of schools who are waiving their opportunity to take part in a postseason bowl in favor of spending their holiday time with family.

College football teams aren’t the only ones avoiding bowl season. The State of California declined a request for a special exception for player guests at this year’s Rose Bowl game, which has now led to the game being moved to Arlington, Texas. The move will be the first time that the Rose Bowl has not been played in Southern California in almost 80 years. (Due to security reasons during World War II, the game was moved to Durham, North Carolina, in 1942.)

“We know that the decision was not an easy one to make,” said David Eads, Tournament of Roses CEO and executive director. “While we remain confident that a game could have been played at the Rose Bowl stadium, as evident in the other collegiate and professional games taking place in the region, the projection of COVID-19 cases in the region has continued on an upward trend.”

Declining invitations and now turning down a chance to host the biggest rose ceremony of them all in Pasadena, California, college football really is turning into an episode of “The Bachelor.” At least Texas was willing to accept the Rose.

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