Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Washington fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Tuesday, January 1st
Game Time: 5:00 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Ohio State (12-1) vs. Washington (11-2) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Rose Bowl
– Is this really the last game Urban Meyer will ever coach? Doubtful, but before he kicks it upstairs into an athletic director-type of desk job, he’s coaching in his first Rose Bowl.
11-3 all-time in bowl games, Meyer’s teams show up in these things – and this one should have a serious attitude. There’s being disrespected, and there’s being the first 12-win Power Five conference champion to not get into the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes never received their proper credit by the CFP committee for annihilating Michigan, and winning the Big Ten title meant a fat load of jack squat in the final rankings. And now, this is the first time two Power Five conferences aren’t in the CFP, but it is a true Big Ten vs. Pac-12 champion showdown because …
– Washington continues on with its amazing run under Chris Petersen. He might be struggling lately in bowl games – losing three of his four with the Huskies – but there aren’t any chap misfires. Last year was a Fiesta loss to Penn State, and the year before was a CFP loss to Alabama. Winning the Pac-12 title was nice, but pulling this off will be one of those “program has arrived” moments.
The Huskies aren’t pretty in any way. They’re tough, they pop, and they can pound away and grind it out if needed. This is a veteran team that’s been through the wars over the last three seasons, but it needs this. It needs a really, really, really big win – the Pac-12 Championship only sort of counts – to be taken more seriously on a national scale.
The program is back in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the win over Drew Brees and Purdue in the 2001 version.
– The last several Rose Bowls have been terrific. Sure, Christian McCaffrey and Stanford tap danced all over Iowa in the 2016 version, but this game has been on a run.
Georgia’s overtime win over Oklahoma in last season’s College Football Playoff was special. The USC thriller over Penn State might have been even better, and all of the Wisconsin losses coming after Ohio State beat Oregon 26-17 in 2010 were outstanding games.
Seven of the last nine were amazing, and now it’s up to the contrast in styles to keep it all going. It’s the Pac-12 defense vs. the Big Ten offense as the Big Ten goes for its first win in this thing since Michigan State got by Stanford in 2014.