The Ohio State-Washington matchup in the Rose Bowl will pit the two Power 5 conference winners who failed to make the College Football Playoff against one-another.
Associated Press writer Ralph D. Russo believes that the game will be especially compelling as it is Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s final game with the team. His prediction for this game might be particularly exciting for Buckeyes fans.
Here’s the pick:
Why watch? Urban Meyer’s last game as coach of Ohio State will be his first Rose Bowl … OHIO STATE 34-24.
The Buckeyes won the Big Ten title and finished the season with a 12-1 record, but their 49-20 loss to Purdue earlier in the year ultimately doomed their CFP chances.
Washington, on the other hand, lost three games before November, and never reached higher than No. 6 in the Associated Press poll.
Despite Ohio State and Washington each having 15 Rose Bowl appearances, the two sides have never played each other in any bowl game – let alone the Rose Bowl.
Ohio State and Washington have played each other 11 times – all in the regular season – with the Buckeyes owning an 8-3 edge over the Huskies.
However, the Huskies own a slight edge in Rose Bowl Game history, with a 7-6-1 record in the game versus Ohio State’s 7-7 record.