The University of Washington Huskies, champions of the Pac-12 conference, and the Ohio State University Buckeyes, champions of the Big Ten, face each other today for a 2 p.m. kickoff in the Rose Bowl.
Washington enters this game at 10-3 overall after defeating Utah to earn the Pac-12 title. The Huskies were at 6-3 in late October, having lost to Cal, their third loss since August, but rallied to claim victory in the next four games, including an upset over rival Washington State in the Apple Cup, which earned them the trip to Santa Clara, leading to another win against the Utes Friday, 10-3.
The Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship after defeating the Northwestern University Wildcats, 45-24, Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They hope to move to 13-1 on the season with a victory over the Huskies at the Rose Bowl.
The Huskies and the Buckeyes have met at least 11 times before since 1957. The two teams last met in 2007, with the Buckeyes winning, 33-14, in Seattle.
Ohio has played 14 Rose Bowl games and won seven times. The last time they were in Pasadena was on January 1, 2010, where they defeated Oregon, 26-17.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said coaching in the Rose Bowl would be a dream come true.
“I’ve never coached in that game,” Meyer told Dayton (Ohio) Daily News Saturday night as they played Northwestern. “So if that’s where we end up, we’d be so proud to be there. And I know our players would feel the same.”
This will be Washington’s 15th appearance in the Rose Bowl, dating back to 1924. The Huskies are 7-6-1 all-time in their Rose Bowl game record.
“Can’t say enough about our guys,” UW Coach Chris Petersen told Seattle Times Sunday. “They battled all year and ended up right where we hoped to be.”
The Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, presented by Northwestern Mutual has always featured a traditional matchup of teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. after the Rose Parade, but the Rose Bowl opens early for several pre-game events, including tailgates, and appearances by the Rose Queen and her Royal Court.
The Rose Bowl Game, also nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All” for being the oldest bowl game, was first played in 1902 as the Tournament East–West football game. It has been played annually since 1916.
Starting in 1945, just after the Second World War, The Rose Bowl Game has been the highest attended college football bowl game.