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ANOTHER TROPHY ON THE LINE: This is Ohio State’s eighth year playing in a New Year’s 6 post-season game, or every year since the start of the College Football Playoff era. No other team has been to a New Year’s 6 game (including CFP playoff games) all eight years.
The first Tournament of Roses football game, which was the first post-season football game in the nation, was staged at Tournament Park on January 1, 1902. The game matched the West Coast’s Stanford against Midwestern Michigan. (The teams would later become members of today’s Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences, respectively.) Michigan routed Stanford, 49-0, prompting the football contest to be replaced with Roman-style chariot races inspired by the literary classic Ben-Hur. Football was permanently reinstated as part of the Tournament’s traditions in 1916.
The exclusive agreement among the Tournament of Roses Association, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference was born in 1946, and the first game played under the agreement took place on January 1, 1947. The pact is the oldest intercollegiate postseason bowl agreement between two major conferences in the United States. – Via TournamentofRoses.com
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The Buckeyes completed a 10-2 regular season and No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
Ohio State will be making its 16th Rose Bowl appearance and first since 2018. The Buckeyes own an 8-7 all-time record at the Rose Bowl, but has won in each of its last three appearances – a 26-17 victory against Oregon in 2010, a 20-17 win over Arizona State in 1997 and most recently a 28-23 victory over Washington in 2019.
The Buckeyes have been powered by one of the nation’s most explosive and balanced offenses all season. Ohio State leads the nation in total offense (551.1 yards/game) and scoring offense (45.5 points/game) while possessing a Heisman Trophy-candidate at quarterback C.J. Stroud, a 1,000-yard true freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson and a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba with a third receiver, Chris Olave, on the cusp of a 1,000-yard season.
Priority ordering for donor groups, season ticket holders, and Varsity O Football members is open now, and will conclude Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m. Fans can log into go.osu.edu/fbrosebowltix to access their priority tickets. Detailed instructions for submitting priority ticket requests, including information regarding Faculty/Staff and Student ticket ordering processes was emailed to eligible ticket holders. All tickets will be mobile only.
The Rose Bowl Stadium is closely following all guidelines put in place by Los Angeles County and the City of Pasadena’s Health departments in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all event attendees. Face coverings will be required for all individuals aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status, at all times unless actively eating or drinking. Also, fans attending the Rose Bowl Game will be required to show proof of their fully-vaccinated status or provide a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of the start of the event.