Rose Bowl 2019 : Happy new year, and welcome to 2019! The calendar has flipped to January, but we’re still tying up the final loose ends from an unforgettable 2018 season. After Tuesday night, there will be only one game left: Alabama and Clemson’s fourth consecutive postseason clash in Santa Clara with a national title on the line.
But before that, we must enjoy one of the sport’s biggest days: New Year’s Day, when Top 25 teams clash from noon to midnight, including three New Year’s Six matchups packed with storylines.
To get you prepared, we’ve compiled a handy, digestible guide for those needing a primer on the Outback, Citrus, Fiesta, Rose and Sugar Bowls.
About Last Night: College football didn’t go quietly in 2018. Cincinnati outlasted Virginia Tech 35–31 in a Military Bowl that featured seven lead changes and an injury to Bearcats redshirt freshman QB Desmond Ridder that forced senior backup Hayden Moore to play hero. The Sun Bowl’s game-winning touchdown was a fumble by Stanford quarterback KJ Costello that dropped right into the hands of running back Cameron Scarlett at the goal line; Pitt’s offense sputtered in the final minutes of a 14–13 rockfight.
And speaking of rockfights, Oregon beat Michigan 7–6 in the Redbox Bowl, a game that turned into a comedy of errors on both sides in the second half. Missouri gained 637 yards of offense but couldn’t convert a fourth-and-one with everything on the line in Memphis, as senior quarterback Drew Lock was stopped short of the line to gain on a keeper to seal a 38–33 Oklahoma State win in the Liberty Bowl.
Northwestern was more successful with its comeback effort in the Holiday Bowl, converting on three Utah turnovers and scoring 28 points in the third quarter to outlast the Utes, 31–20. Jimbo Fisher capped off his first season with the Aggies with a 52–13 blow out against NC State in the Gator Bowl, which was powered by Trayveon Williams’s 236 rushing yards and three touchdowns.