You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Rose Bowl
– This will hardly be a Win One For The Urber type of things, but in terms of numbers and legacy, winning this is going to be a thing for the clean and easy numbers. Win, and he finishes up winning just over 90% of his games at Ohio State. Lose, and he’s at 89%. Win, and this era in Columbus – for a short burst – as as strong and as amazing as any in college football history. Lose, and the narrative could quickly pivot to the negative – he won one national title, and probably should’ve at least been in two others.
– The Pac-12 has been a bowl game punching bag over the last few seasons, and it really, really, really, really needs this. The needle is pointing up for the conference with Oregon growing into a monster, USC and UCLA about to bounce back from dead years, and with a whole lot of excitement and energy across the conference. That all can kickstart a big offseason of hype if Washington finally wins a truly big game.
Winning Pac-12 titles have been amazing, but the best non-conference win under Chris Petersen has been … Fresno State last year? This is it. this is a for a chance for the Washington program to get a seat at the adult table.
– Dog the bowl season all you want – and you absolutely should – but the Rose Bowl is still a big deal. It’s not the College Football Playoff, but in terms of national attention and prestige, it’s still on the short list of America’s greatest sporting events. All of the other big bowls blend together into one big indiscernible group of games – is that the Peach Bowl, or the Cotton, or the Sugar, or the Fiesta? The Rose Bowl is the Rose Bowl. Always.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Rose Bowl?
You really think Urban Meyer is going to lose his final game as the Ohio State head coach? You really think this guy is going to lose the Rose Bowl?
Washington’s combination of defense and running game are absolutely good enough to pull this off, but Dwayne Haskins and the offense will hit the two home runs that the Huskies won’t as the the Buckeyes fight and claw for a strong end to historic coaching era.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Ohio State 30, Washington 23
Line: Ohio State -6.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence: 2
– CFN Confidence Pool
5: Being in the bar already
0: Watching ball drop … and then trying to get into the bar
Must See Rating: 5
5: New Year’s Eve: Ministry of Sound, London
1: New Year’s Eve: Times Square, New York