PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: UCLA Bruins cheerleaders entertain the crowd during the game against the Hawaii Warriors at the Rose Bowl on September 9, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)With the Oakland Raiders set to relocate to Las Vegas in a couple of years, Sin City is about to play host to some major football contests. One of these contests is going to be a major college football bowl game.The Las Vegas Bowl, which has typically pitted a Mountain West team against a Pac-12 squad, is set to get some bigger teams involved.College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that the bowl game is going to end its 19-year relationship with the Mountain West Conference. Replacing the MWC team will be an SEC squad.“Las Vegas Bowl will pit Pac-12 vs. another Power 5 league (SEC most intriguing possibility) in 2020 in Vegas’ new NFL stadium. This will end the bowl’s 19-year relationship w/Mountain West. In 2020, MWC could send its champ to Arizona Bowl,” McMurphy tweeted.Sources: Las Vegas Bowl will pit Pac-12 vs. another Power 5 league (SEC most intriguing possibility) in 2020 in Vegas’ new NFL stadium. This will end the bowl’s 19-year relationship w/Mountain West. In 2020, MWC could send its champ to Arizona Bowl https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 7, 2018Watching an SEC fan base take over Las Vegas for a bowl game would be a lot of fun.Last year’s Las Vegas Bowl had Boise State taking on Oregon. The Broncos won that game, 38-28.An official announcement on the bowl change could be coming soon.
According to a press release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the January Food Price Index – which measures the monthly change in international prices for five major food commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat, and sugar – averaged 173.8 per cent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 per cent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 per cent above the year-earlier level.While 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year the global food price index has fallen, January marked its sixth monthly increase in a row.Sugar prices surged 9.9 per cent in the month, driven by expectations of protracted supply tightness in Brazil, India and Thailand.Cereal prices rose 3.4 per cent from December to a six-month high, with wheat, maize and rice values all increasing.International prices of rice also rose, in part due to India’s ongoing state procurement programme, reducing the quantities available for export.Vegetable oil prices rose 1.8 per cent, due mostly to low global inventory levels of palm oil coupled with a slow production recovery in Southeast Asia. Soy oil prices, by contrast, eased on expectations of ample global availability.Dairy prices remained unchanged from December, a marked departure from the 50 per cent increase it posted between May and December last year.Meat prices were also practically unchanged, with a rise in bovine meat quotations – the result of herd rebuilding in Australia – offset by lower prices of ovine and other meats.World cereal stocks at all-time high due to record productionWorldwide inventories of cereals are on course to reach an all-time record level by the end of seasons in 2017, according to FAO’s latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief.Latest figures put global cereal stocks at 681 million metric tonnes, up 1.5 per cent from their December forecasted level and 3 per cent from the previous season. World wheat inventories would likely hit a new record of 245 million tonnes, marking an 8.3 per cent annual increase. Coarse grain stocks are forecast to grow by 0.7 per cent to reach their second-highest level on record, while rice stocks are set to decline slightly although ending the season at a near-record 170 million tonnes. FAO has also raised its estimate of global cereal output in 2016 by 15 million metric tonnes to 2,592 million tonnes, due primarily to larger-than-expected wheat harvests in Australia and Russia. For rice, excess rains over parts of Viet Nam and inadequate rainfall in Sri Lanka will likely curb rice output.