Video: Ohio State prepares for first Rose Bowl since 2010
Urban Meyer will start the new year with a new experience. The head coach of The Ohio State University football team has never coached in the Rose Bowl.
The retiring head coach has guided Ohio State to postseason wins at the Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Winning the game nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All” would be a fitting ending to a career resulting in the third-highest winning percentage in the history of major college football.
“I dreamt a lot about Ohio State, the rivalry game, the Rose Bowl,” Meyer said at Rose Bowl media day. “Seems like every year in the '70s when I was at that age where everybody is watching it, the parade, the game, and then watching Archie Griffin score touchdowns in the Rose Bowl.”
The sixth-ranked Buckeyes take on Pac 12 champion ninth-ranked Washington (10-3) on Jan. 1, 2019, in Pasadena, California.
The setting might be new to Meyer, but it is the 15th Rose Bowl appearance for the Buckeyes. Ohio State owns a 7-7 all-time record at the Rose Bowl, but has won in each of its last two appearances: a 26-17 victory against Oregon in 2010 and a 20-17 win over Arizona State in 1997.
Washington’s all-Pac 12 quarterback Jake Browning, who had 2,879 yards passing and 16 touchdowns this season, leads the Huskies.
The Buckeyes and Huskies have played 11 previous times, all during the regular season. Ohio State has won eight of those games, most recently in 2007 – a 33-14 win in Seattle.