Ohio Stare vs Washington : The Buckeyes and Huskies will meet for the first time in the Granddaddy of Them All, despite each team making its 15th appearance. The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions will meet for the first time since 2014 and for the first time since the introduction of the College Football Playoff the following year. Urban Meyer and Chris Petersen will each be making his first appearance in the game as a head coach.
New additions to old traditions mean the Rose Bowl is no consolation prize for teams that had national championship aspirations.
“I think this is how it’s supposed to be,” Washington running back Myles Gaskin said Wednesday as the teams visited the Disneyland Resort.
For Ohio State (12-1), visits to Pasadena have been few and far between in spite of their success this century. The Buckeyes won their ninth conference title since 2002 this season but are playing in the Rose Bowl for just the second time in that span.
Jim Tressel led Ohio State to a 26-17 win over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl for his only appearance in the storied game, and Meyer’s third Big Ten title team is bringing him to California for the first time. Ohio State won the inaugural CFP after the 2014 season, and the Buckeyes defeated Southern California in the Cotton Bowl last season with the Rose Bowl hosting what would be an instant classic semifinal between Georgia and Oklahoma.