|Rose Bowl Game|
|Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual|
|"The Granddaddy of Them All"|
|Previous stadiums||Tournament Park
|Previous locations||Durham, North Carolina[a]
|Conference tie-ins||Big Ten, Pac-12, CFP|
|Previous conference tie-ins||Pacific Coast, BCS|
|Payout||US$35 million/conference (As of 2016)|
Tournament East-West football game (1902, 1916-1922)
Rose Bowl (1923-1998)
Rose Bowl presented by AT&T (1999-2002)
Rose Bowl presented by PlayStation 2 (2003)
Rose Bowl presented by Citi (2004-2010)
Rose Bowl presented by Vizio (2011-2014)
|2016 season matchup|
|USC vs. Penn State (USC 52-49)|
|2017 season matchup|
|Oklahoma vs Georgia (Georgia 54-48)|
The Rose Bowl Game, officially the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual for sponsorship purposes, is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Year's Day) at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the game is played on Monday, January 2 (15 times now). The Rose Bowl Game is nicknamed "The Granddaddy of Them All" because it is the oldest bowl game. It was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game.  It is a part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association's "America's New Year Celebration", which also includes the historic Rose Parade.
Beginning with the 2015 game, the official name for sponsorship reasons is the "Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual". Vizio was the previous sponsor from 2012; prior sponsors included AT&T, Sony, and Citi. In 2015 and 2018, the game was also officially known as the "College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual."
The Rose Bowl Game has traditionally hosted the conference champions from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences (or their predecessors), but due to its past and present membership in two consortia that seek to determine a national champion in Division I FBS, in 2002, the Rose Bowl began to infrequently deviate from its traditional match-up in order to facilitate championship games. In 2002 and 2006 (2001 and 2005 football seasons), under the Bowl Championship Series system, the Rose Bowl was designated as its championship game, and hosted the top two teams determined by the BCS system. Beginning in 2015, the Rose Bowl has been part of the College Football Playoff and hosts one of its semifinal games every three years. During non-Playoff years, the Rose Bowl reverts to its traditional Pac-12/Big Ten matchup.
Originally titled the "Tournament East-West football game", the first Rose Bowl was played on January 1, 1902, starting the tradition of New Year's Day bowl games. The football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of the Rose Parade. The inaugural game featured Fielding H. Yost's dominating 1901 Michigan team, representing the East, which crushed a previously 3-1-2 team from Stanford University, representing the West, by a score of 49-0 after Stanford quit in the third quarter. Michigan finished the season 11-0 and was crowned the national champion. Yost had been Stanford's coach the previous year. The game was so lopsided that for the next thirteen years, the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football. But, on New Year's Day 1916, football returned to stay as the State College of Washington (now Washington State University) defeated Brown University in the first annual Rose Bowl with that explicit name.
Before the Rose Bowl was built for the January 1, 1923 match, games were played in Pasadena's Tournament Park, approximately three miles (5 km) southeast of the current Rose Bowl stadium near the campus of Caltech. Tournament Park was determined to be unsuitable for the larger and larger crowds gathering to watch the game and a new, permanent home for the game was commissioned.
The Rose Bowl stadium, designed after the Yale Bowl in New Haven, then hosted the first "Rose Bowl" game in 1923. The name of the stadium was alternatively "Tournament of Roses Stadium" or "Tournament of Roses Bowl", until the name "Rose Bowl" was settled on before the 1923 game.
The stadium seating has been reconfigured several times since its original construction in 1922. For many years, the Rose Bowl stadium had the largest football stadium capacity in the United States, eventually being surpassed by Michigan Stadium in 1998. The maximum stated seating capacity was 104,594 from 1972 to 1997. Capacity was lowered following 1998; the 2006 game, which was also the BCS championship game, had a crowd of 93,986; and a crowd of 94,118 saw the 2011 game between TCU and Wisconsin. As of 2012, the Rose Bowl is number seven on the List of American football stadiums by capacity with a current official seating capacity of 92,542 and is still the largest stadium that hosts post-season bowl games. The Rose Bowl is also the only CFP bowl game that is held in a non-NFL stadium.
In the game's early years, except during World War I, the Rose Bowl always pitted a team--not necessarily the conference champion--from the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), the predecessor of the current Pac-12 Conference, against an opponent from the Eastern U.S. During the last two years of World War I, teams from military bases met in the Rose Bowl. During its history, a number of notable matchups have been made with the top football teams and top coaches of the time. These include the 1925 game, with Knute Rockne's Notre Dame and their Four Horsemen, against "Pop" Warner's Stanford; the 1926 edition saw the Alabama Crimson Tide's win over Washington; and 1940 featured Howard Jones' USC Trojans against Bob Neyland's Tennessee Volunteers. During this period, there were ten games in which undefeated teams were matched.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and a series of attacks on West Coast shipping beginning on December 18, there were concerns about a possible Japanese attack on the West Coast. The Rose Parade, with a million watchers, and the Rose Bowl, with 90,000 spectators, were presumed to be ideal targets for the Japanese. Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt recommended that the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl festivities be cancelled. The Rose Bowl committee originally planned to cancel the game. On December 16, Duke University invited the game and Oregon State to Duke's home stadium in Durham, North Carolina. After the 1942 Allied victory in the Battle of Midway and the end of the Japanese offensives in the Pacific Theater during 1942, it was deemed that the West Coast was no longer vulnerable to attack, and the Rose Bowl game continued on in the Rose Bowl Stadium. Few Georgia fans were able to make the trip to the 1943 Rose Bowl because of wartime travel restrictions. There were a large number of military servicemen in attendance. The Tournament of Roses parade itself still was not held in 1943 due to the war.
During World War II, many college football schools had dropped some conference opponents and instead played football against local military base teams. Many colleges could not even field teams due to the draft and manpower requirements. After the war was over, demobilization and the G.I. Bill enabled returning servicemen to attend college. The 1946 season was the first true post-war college football season with travel restrictions lifted and civilian college opponents returning to schedules.
The Big Nine and PCC were of the same accord when it came to treating players as amateurs, as compared to the semi-professional status that the Southern Universities proposed. Also, the Big Nine and PCC both had the same attitudes towards desegregation and allowing African-Americans to play football. Many other universities were still segregated. None of the Southeastern Conference schools had an African American athlete until 1966. The Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sugar Bowl would not be integrated until 1948, 1955, and 1956 respectively.
The Big Nine agreed in 1946, after eight years of negotiating over payments, rules, and ticket allocations, to a five-year exclusive deal with the Rose Bowl to send the conference champion to meet the PCC conference champion. UCLA, USC, Minnesota and Illinois all voted against it. The 1947 Rose Bowl, with UCLA meeting Illinois, was the first game under this agreement.
When the PCC dissolved prior to the 1959 season following a pay-for-play scandal in 1958, there was no official agreement in force. The Tournament of Roses selected from the former members of PCC and invited Washington, the first champion of the newly formed Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU), to play Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the 1960 Rose Bowl. The Big Ten authorized its members to accept any Rose Bowl invitation at their discretion.
The AAWU signed an agreement with the Rose Bowl that remained in force from the 1961 Rose Bowl until the advent of the BCS era in 1998. In 1962, after Minnesota changed its vote against pursuing a new agreement (resolving a 5-5 voting deadlock which had prevented any new negotiations for years), a Big Ten agreement was finalized, which went into effect with the 1963 Rose Bowl and lasted until the BCS era.
While the Big Ten supplied the "East" representative and the PCC, AAWU, or Pac-8/10 supplied the "West" representative from the 1947 Rose Bowl to the BCS era, statements about an "exclusive" Rose Bowl agreement existing during this period are not entirely accurate: the Big Ten was not part of any agreement for the 1961 and 1962 games and the status of the agreement for 1960 is questionable, at best. The fact that the 1961 Big Ten champion, Ohio State, declined the invitation to play in the 1962 Rose Bowl (without penalty) is the clearest evidence that this "exclusive agreement" did not exist in these years.
The AAWU used "Big Five", "Big Six", and "Pacific-8" as unofficial nicknames (each reflecting the number of conference members). It officially adopted the "Pacific-8" name for the 1968 season. The name changed to "Pacific-10" with the arrival of Arizona and Arizona State in 1978, its last official name change prior to the formation of the BCS in 1998. The Big Ten Conference retained the same name throughout this period, even though it had eleven members by the start of the BCS era due to the addition of Penn State in 1990.
Both conferences had a "no repeat" rule in force for a number of years. Under this rule, any team that had appeared in the Rose Bowl game the previous season could not go, even if they were the conference champion. The notable exceptions to this rule were Washington playing in the 1960 and 1961 games and Minnesota playing in the 1961 and 1962 games during the period when the conference agreements were in a state of flux. The Big Ten abolished this rule in 1972. The AAWU/Pac-8 had abandoned its no-repeat rule by the time Southern California played in four consecutive Rose Bowl games from 1967 to 1970.
Both conferences also had "exclusive agreements" with the Rose Bowl game, in the sense that member schools were not allowed to play in any other bowl game. Both conferences abolished this rule before the 1975 college football season. As a result, Michigan and USC were allowed to play in the 1976 Orange Bowl and the 1975 Liberty Bowl, respectively.
As of the 1998 season, with the creation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), team selection for the Rose Bowl was tied to the other three BCS bowls, although in any given year the Rose Bowl still attempted, if possible, to maintain the traditional Pac-10 (Pac-12 after the addition of Utah and Colorado in 2011) versus Big Ten format (though if the champ from either or both conference was ranked BCS #1 or #2, they were allowed into the national championship game and the runner up of their conference got the nod). Twice in this era, the Rose Bowl had served as the BCS championship game.
The 2002 game served as the BCS championship game between the BCS No. 1-ranked Miami, then a member of the Big East Conference, and the BCS No. 2-ranked Nebraska, then a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Nebraska selection as the BCS No. 2 team was controversial because Oregon was ranked No. 2 in both the AP and Coaches Polls, while Nebraska was ranked No. 4 in both polls and did not play in its conference championship game (No. 3 Colorado, who would play Oregon in that year's Fiesta Bowl, did and won the Big 12's automatic bid to the BCS). This prevented a West Coast team playing in the Rose Bowl for their first time, and it also marked the first matchup since 1946 not to feature the traditional pairing of Pac-10 vs. Big Ten teams.
The 2006 Rose Bowl game featured offensive powerhouses Texas, riding a 19-game winning streak, and USC, which entered the game with a 34-game winning streak and two Heisman Trophy winners. Texas won 41-38. The game had a television viewership of 35.6 million, the highest for college football contest since the 1987 Fiesta Bowl between Penn State and Miami.
On two other occasions during the BCS era, Rose Bowl participation had expanded beyond the Big Ten and Pac-10. The 2003 Rose Bowl couldn't select Big Ten co-champion and automatic qualifier Ohio State, who finished No. 2 in the BCS and thus received a bid to the Fiesta Bowl to play for the national championship. The Rose Bowl was poised to select Big Ten co-champion Iowa as an at-large in order to preserve the traditional Big Ten/Pac-10 match up. However, the Orange Bowl, which selected ahead of the Rose Bowl that year, chose the Hawkeyes. As a result, the Rose Bowl featured the first appearance by Oklahoma, who faced Pac-10 Champion Washington State. The 2005 game featured Texas of the Big 12 Conference, selected, amid some controversy, over California of the Pac-10, marking the second time a West Coast team did not make the Rose Bowl. The controversy was the result of the BCS computer rankings which elevated Texas over California. Texas went on to defeat Michigan in the 2005 game, featuring a four-touchdown performance by Vince Young, foreshadowing his 467-yard performance a year later in the 2006 defeat of USC that won the National Title for Texas.
The 2004 game is also noteworthy. In this game, USC defeated Michigan, 28-14, thus earning the top ranking in the AP Poll and a share of the national championship with BCS champion LSU. USC, despite being No. 1 in the AP poll, did not qualify for the BCS championship game because of their standing in the BCS system.
The second BCS-era Rose Bowl arrangement ran from 2004 through 2014. The Big Ten and Pac-12 (the new name of the Pac-10) retained their bids, but a provision was inserted mandating that the first time that either conference could not fill their bid (due to a school from the Big Ten or Pac-12 qualifying for the BCS National Championship Game), and if a non-BCS conference school qualified, the Rose Bowl was required to take that school. As a result, Texas Christian University (TCU) became the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to play in the Rose Bowl in the BCS era. The 2010 TCU Horned Frogs finished their second consecutive regular season at 12-0, were back-to-back champions of the Mountain West Conference, and ranked No. 3 in the final BCS Poll. TCU defeated No. 5 Wisconsin 21-19 in the 2011 Rose Bowl. TCU's appearance satisfied the 'first time' clause of the current agreement.
The 100th Rose Bowl Game featured a traditional pairing of Big Ten champion versus Pac-12 champion, with Michigan State playing against Stanford on January 1, 2014. Michigan State won the game, 24-20.
The Bowl Championship Series format ended with the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, played at the Rose Bowl stadium on January 6.
The BCS was replaced in 2014 by the College Football Playoff, which selects four teams for two national semifinal games, leading to a championship game. As part of the arrangement, the Rose Bowl game functions as a semifinal playoff game every three years. In years when the Rose Bowl is not hosting a semifinal, it takes the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions, provided they are outside of the top four and not in a semifinal.
The first game under the new arrangement was played on January 1, 2015 and was known as the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. It featured the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference and the Florida State Seminoles, the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to participate in the Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated Florida State, 59-20, ending the Seminoles' 29-game winning streak, which dated back to the end of the 2012 season. As a result, Oregon advanced to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship played on January 12. The 59 points were a new Rose Bowl Game scoring record for a team.
The 2016 Rose Bowl featured Pac-12 champions Stanford against Big Ten West Division champions Iowa. Stanford defeated Iowa 45-16, scoring 35 points in the first half, the most points ever scored in the first half of a Rose Bowl. Big Ten champions Michigan State defeated Iowa 16-13 in the Big Ten championship Game, but lost 38-0 to Alabama in a CFP semifinal on New Year's Eve. There was some controversy over the selection of the Big Ten's Rose Bowl representative, given that both Iowa and Ohio State finished their seasons with only one loss, both losing to Michigan State. In the end, the College Football Playoff Committee ranked Iowa ahead of Ohio State, which led to Iowa's first Rose Bowl berth since 1991. Iowa was ranked fifth in the final College Football Playoff rankings, and Stanford sixth, meaning that the 2016 Rose Bowl featured the strongest matchup that was not part of the College Football Playoff.
In the 2018 Rose Bowl, the Georgia Bulldogs (12-1) defeated the Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) 54-48 in double overtime in a semifinal playoff game to advance to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game. It was the first Rose Bowl game to ever go into overtime period(s).
For many years the Rose Bowl eschewed sponsorship, but in 1999, it became "The Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T." Unlike the other bowl games, the sponsor was not added to the title of the game, but instead as a presenter. In 2002 it was branded The Rose Bowl Game presented by PlayStation 2. From 2003 to 2010, after the agreement with Sony expired, the game was presented by Citi.
In June 2010, Citi decided to end sponsorship of the Rose Bowl games, including the National Championship game. In October 2010, HDTV maker Vizio signed a 4-year contract to be the official sponsor of the Rose Bowl games through 2014. After Vizio declined to renew sponsorship in 2014, financial services giant Northwestern Mutual became the new presenting sponsor.
The 1952 game was the first nationally televised bowl game and the first nationally televised college game of any sport. From 1952 to 1988, the Rose Bowl was televised by NBC at 2 p.m. PST, and in most years was the only New Year's Day bowl airing at that time. The 1962 game was the first college football game broadcast in color.
From 1989 to 2010, the game was broadcast on ABC, usually at 2 p.m. PST; the 2005 edition was the first one broadcast in HDTV. Beginning in 2007, FOX had the broadcast rights to the other Bowl Championship Series games, but the Rose Bowl, which negotiates its own television contract independent of the BCS, had agreed to keep the game on ABC.
Beginning with the 2010 season, ESPN (majority-owned by ABC's parent company, The Walt Disney Company) now broadcasts all the BCS/CFP games, including the Rose Bowl game. The game is also broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio and by ESPN International for Latin America. In 2013 ESPN Deportes provided the first Spanish language telecast in the U.S. of the Rose Bowl Game.
The Rose Bowl game contract with ESPN was extended on June 28, 2012, to 2026, for a reportedly $80 million per year.Northwestern Mutual took over as presenting sponsor in 2015 and will continue until 2020.
Winners in boldface
Italics denote a tie game
|Date played||West / Pac-12||East / Big Ten||Attendance||Notes|
|January 1, 1902||Stanford||0||Michigan||49||8,000||notes|
|January 1, 1916||Washington State||14||Brown||0||7,000||notes|
|January 1, 1917||Oregon||14||Pennsylvania||0||26,000||notes|
|January 1, 1918[b]||Mare Island - USMC||19||Camp Lewis - US Army||7||N/A||notes|
|January 1, 1919[b]||Mare Island - USMC||0||Great Lakes - US Navy||17||N/A||notes|
|January 1, 1920||Oregon||6||Harvard||7||30,000||notes|
|January 1, 1921||California||28||Ohio State||0||42,000||notes|
|January 2, 1922||California||0||Washington & Jefferson||0||40,000||notes|
|January 1, 1923||USC||14||Penn State||3||43,000||notes|
|January 1, 1924||Washington||14||Navy||14||40,000||notes|
|January 1, 1925||Stanford||10||Notre Dame||27||53,000||notes|
|January 1, 1926||Washington||19||Alabama||20||50,000||notes|
|January 1, 1927||Stanford||7||Alabama||7||57,417||notes|
|January 2, 1928||Stanford||7||Pittsburgh||6||65,000||notes|
|January 1, 1929||California||7||Georgia Tech||8||66,604||notes|
|January 1, 1930||USC||47||Pittsburgh||14||72,000||notes|
|January 1, 1931||Washington State||0||Alabama||24||60,000||notes|
|January 1, 1932||USC||21||Tulane||12||75,562||notes|
|January 2, 1933||USC||35||Pittsburgh||0||78,874||notes|
|January 1, 1934||Stanford||0||Columbia||7||35,000||notes|
|January 1, 1935||Stanford||13||Alabama||29||84,474||notes|
|January 1, 1936||Stanford||7||SMU||0||84,474||notes|
|January 1, 1937||#5 Washington||0||#3 Pittsburgh||21||87,196||notes|
|January 1, 1938||#2 California||13||#4 Alabama||0||90,000||notes|
|January 2, 1939||#7 USC||7||#3 Duke||3||89,452||notes|
|January 1, 1940||#3 USC||14||#2 Tennessee||0||92,200||notes|
|January 1, 1941||#2 Stanford||21||#7 Nebraska||13||91,500||notes|
|January 1, 1942||#12 Oregon State||20||#2 Duke||16||56,000[a]||notes|
|January 1, 1943||#13 UCLA||0||#2 Georgia||9||93,000||notes|
|January 1, 1944||USC||29||#12 Washington||0||68,000||notes|
|January 1, 1945||#7 USC||25||#12 Tennessee||0||91,000||notes|
|January 1, 1946||#11 USC||14||#2 Alabama||34||93,000||notes|
|January 1, 1947||#4 UCLA||14||#5 Illinois||45||90,000||notes|
|January 1, 1948||#8 USC||0||#2 Michigan||49||93,000||notes|
|January 1, 1949||#4 California||14||#7 Northwestern||20||93,000||notes|
|January 2, 1950||#3 California||14||#6 Ohio State||17||100,963||notes|
|January 1, 1951||#5 California||6||#9 Michigan||14||98,939||notes|
|January 1, 1952||#7 Stanford||7||#4 Illinois||40||96,825||notes|
|January 1, 1953||#5 USC||7||#11 Wisconsin||0||101,500||notes|
|January 1, 1954||#5 UCLA||20||#3 Michigan State||28||101,000||notes|
|January 1, 1955||#17 USC||7||#1 Ohio State||20||89,191||notes|
|January 2, 1956||#4 UCLA||14||#2 Michigan State||17||100,809||notes|
|January 1, 1957||#10 Oregon State||19||#3 Iowa||35||97,126||notes|
|January 1, 1958||Oregon||7||#2 Ohio State||10||98,202||notes|
|January 1, 1959||#16 California||12||#2 Iowa||38||98,297||notes|
|January 1, 1960||#8 Washington||44||#6 Wisconsin||8||100,809||notes|
|January 2, 1961||#6 Washington||17||#1 Minnesota||7||97,314||notes|
|January 1, 1962||#16 UCLA||3||#6 Minnesota||21||98,214||notes|
|January 1, 1963||#1 USC||42||#2 Wisconsin||37||98,698||notes|
|January 1, 1964||Washington||7||#3 Illinois||17||96,957||notes|
|January 1, 1965||#8 Oregon State||7||#4 Michigan||34||100,423||notes|
|January 1, 1966||#5 UCLA||14||#1 Michigan State||12||100,087||notes|
|January 2, 1967||USC||13||#7 Purdue||14||100,807||notes|
|January 1, 1968||#1 USC||14||#4 Indiana||3||102,946||notes|
|January 1, 1969||#2 USC||16||#1 Ohio State||27||102,063||notes|
|January 1, 1970||#5 USC||10||#7 Michigan||3||103,878||notes|
|January 1, 1971||#12 Stanford||27||#2 Ohio State||17||103,839||notes|
|January 1, 1972||#16 Stanford||13||#4 Michigan||12||103,154||notes|
|January 1, 1973||#1 USC||42||#3 Ohio State||17||106,869||notes|
|January 1, 1974||#7 USC||21||#4 Ohio State||42||105,267||notes|
|January 1, 1975||#5 USC||18||#3 Ohio State||17||106,721||notes|
|January 1, 1976||#11 UCLA||23||#1 Ohio State||10||105,464||notes|
|January 1, 1977||#3 USC||14||#2 Michigan||6||106,182||notes|
|January 2, 1978||#13 Washington||27||#4 Michigan||20||105,312||notes|
|January 1, 1979||#3 USC||17||#5 Michigan||10||105,629||notes|
|January 1, 1980||#3 USC||17||#1 Ohio State||16||105,526||notes|
|January 1, 1981||#16 Washington||6||#5 Michigan||23||104,863||notes|
|January 1, 1982||#12 Washington||28||#13 Iowa||0||105,611||notes|
|January 1, 1983||#5 UCLA||24||#19 Michigan||14||104,991||notes|
|January 2, 1984||UCLA||45||#4 Illinois||9||103,217||notes|
|January 1, 1985||#18 USC||20||#6 Ohio State||17||102,594||notes|
|January 1, 1986||#13 UCLA||45||#4 Iowa||28||103,292||notes|
|January 1, 1987||#7 Arizona State||22||#4 Michigan||15||103,168||notes|
|January 1, 1988||#16 USC||17||#8 Michigan State||20||103,847||notes|
|January 2, 1989||#5 USC||14||#11 Michigan||22||101,688||notes|
|January 1, 1990||#12 USC||17||#3 Michigan||10||103,450||notes|
|January 1, 1991||#8 Washington||46||#17 Iowa||34||101,273||notes|
|January 1, 1992||#2 Washington||34||#4 Michigan||14||103,566||notes|
|January 1, 1993||#9 Washington||31||#7 Michigan||38||94,236||notes|
|January 1, 1994||#14 UCLA||16||#9 Wisconsin||21||101,237||notes|
|January 2, 1995||#12 Oregon||20||#2 Penn State||38||102,247||notes|
|January 1, 1996||#17 USC||41||#3 Northwestern||32||100,102||notes|
|January 1, 1997||#2 Arizona State||17||#4 Ohio State||20||100,635||notes|
|January 1, 1998||#8 Washington State||16||#1 Michigan||21||101,219||notes|
|January 1, 1999||#6 UCLA||31||#9 Wisconsin||38||93,872||notes|
|January 1, 2000||#22 Stanford||9||#4 Wisconsin||17||93,731||notes|
|January 1, 2001||#4 Washington||34||#14 Purdue||24||94,392||notes|
|January 3, 2002[c]||#4 Nebraska||14||#1 Miami (FL)||37||93,781||notes|
|January 1, 2003||#7 Washington State||14||#8 Oklahoma||34||86,848||notes|
|January 1, 2004||#1 USC||28||#4 Michigan||14||93,849||notes|
|January 1, 2005||#6 Texas||38||#13 Michigan||37||93,468||notes|
|January 4, 2006[c]||#1 USC||38||#2 Texas||41||93,986||notes|
|January 1, 2007||#8 USC||32||#3 Michigan||18||93,852||notes|
|January 1, 2008||#6 USC||49||#13 Illinois||17||93,923||notes|
|January 1, 2009||#5 USC||38||#6 Penn State||24||93,293||notes|
|January 1, 2010||#7 Oregon||17||#8 Ohio State||26||93,963||notes|
|January 1, 2011||#3 TCU||21||#4 Wisconsin||19||94,118||notes|
|January 2, 2012||#6 Oregon||45||#9 Wisconsin||38||91,245||notes|
|January 1, 2013||#8 Stanford||20||Wisconsin||14||93,359||notes|
|January 1, 2014||#5 Stanford||20||#4 Michigan State||24||95,173||notes|
|January 1, 2015[d]||#3 Oregon||59||#2 Florida State||20||91,322||notes|
|January 1, 2016||#5 Stanford||45||#6 Iowa||16||94,268||notes|
|January 2, 2017||#9 USC||52||#5 Penn State||49||95,128||notes|
|January 1, 2018[d]||#2 Oklahoma||48||#3 Georgia||54||92,844||notes|
|"||If there are any Big Ten teams that shoot for a national championship, they're damn fools...You play to win the Big Ten championship, and if you win it and go to the Rose Bowl and win it, then you've had a great season.||"|
|-- Bo Schembechler of Michigan, July 1989|
USC has played the most times in the Rose Bowl, with 34 appearances, followed by Michigan (20), Stanford (15), Ohio State and Washington (14 each), and UCLA (12). Alabama, 4-1-1 in Rose Bowls, has made the most appearances of any team outside the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences. Pittsburgh appeared four times in a nine-year period, from 1927 to 1936. Among Pac-8/10/12 and Big Ten schools, the record for longest drought since a team's last Rose Bowl appearance is held by California (1959), followed by Minnesota (1962), Oregon State (1965), and Indiana (1968).
USC has also won the most Rose Bowls (25), followed by Michigan (8); Washington, Ohio State, and Stanford (7 each); and UCLA (5). Michigan has lost the most (12), followed by USC (9), Ohio State, UCLA and Stanford (7 each), Washington and Wisconsin (6 each). Among Pac-8/10/12 and Big Ten schools who have played in at least one Rose Bowl, the record for the longest period since a win is held jointly by Indiana and Nebraska, who have never won, followed by Washington State (1916), Cal (1939), Oregon State (1942), Northwestern (1949), and Iowa (1959). As of 2016, head coaches Howard Jones (5-0) and John Robinson (4-0) lead the list of undefeated Rose Bowl records.
The most frequent Rose Bowl matchup is USC-Michigan, occurring for the eighth time in 2007, with USC holding a 6-2 advantage (including rare meetings outside the Rose Bowl, USC leads this series 6-4). The next most frequent matchup is USC-Ohio State, occurring for the seventh time in 1985, with USC holding a 4-3 advantage.
From the 1946 season (1947 Rose Bowl), when the Big Ten-Rose Bowl agreement began, through the 1971 season (1972 Rose Bowl), the Big Ten did not permit the same team to represent that Conference in the Rose Bowl in consecutive years. There was one exception: Minnesota played in the 1961 Rose Bowl and 1962 Rose Bowl games, as previously explained in the section on the conference agreements after the collapse of the Pacific Coast Conference.
Also of note, during this era Big Ten and Pac-8 teams could play only in the Rose Bowl; this restriction was not lifted until the 1975 season.
Archie Griffin of Ohio State and Brian Cushing of USC are the only players to ever start in four Rose Bowl games. Legendary coach Woody Hayes led Ohio State to the Rose Bowl from 1973 to 1976, while USC head coach Pete Carroll led the Trojans to the Rose Bowl from 2006 to 2009.
Current members of the Pac-12 or the Big Ten to have not appeared in the Rose Bowl are Arizona (who joined the then-Pac-10 in 1978), Colorado and Utah (who both joined the Pac-12 in 2011), and Maryland and Rutgers (who both joined the Big Ten in 2014), though California appeared in the Rose Bowl only as a member of a predecessor league to the Pac-12. Similar to Cal, Nebraska played in the 1941 and 2002 games, but was not a member of the Big Ten Conference at these times. Idaho and Montana, who were members of the Pacific Coast Conference from 1922 until 1958 and 1950 respectively, never finished near the top in the PCC football standings. Former Big Ten member Chicago withdrew from the league prior to the bowl arrangement being set.
USC has played the most Big Ten schools in the Rose Bowl. As of 2016, the only opponents remaining for the Trojans are Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and the two newest Big Ten schools that have yet to appear in the Rose Bowl: Maryland and Rutgers. Michigan has played the most schools in the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl. The remaining opponents for the Wolverines are Oregon and the three Pac-12 schools that have yet to appear in the Rose Bowl: Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.
The Rose Bowl was exclusively a Big Ten-Pac-10 affair for 52 years, from 1946 (1947 Rose Bowl) through 1997 (1998 Rose Bowl). While the Big Ten dominated the game in the late 1940s and 1950s, and the Pac-10 dominated during the 1970s and early 1980s, over the entire 52-year span, each conference won 26 games.
The BCS era covered sixteen games, starting with the 1999 (85th) Rose Bowl to the 2014 (100th) Rose Bowl. Of the eleven games featuring a Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup, the Pac-12 leads in wins, 7-4. However, the 2007 (93rd) Rose Bowl and 2008 (94th) Rose Bowl, each Big Ten losses to the Pac-12, actually featured the Big Ten runner-up, as conference champion Ohio State was selected to play each of those years in the BCS National Championship Game.
The 2002 and 2006 Rose Bowls represented the National Championship game. In 2002, there was neither a Big Ten or Pac-10 school, as Oregon was in the Fiesta Bowl while Illinois was in the Sugar Bowl. In 2006, top-ranked USC represented the Pac-10 in the National Championship Game in the Rose Bowl against second-ranked Texas from the Big 12 Conference. Third-ranked Penn State, the Big Ten Champion, played in the Orange Bowl while fourth-ranked Ohio State played in the Fiesta Bowl that year.
The 2011 Rose Bowl Game marked the sole time during the BCS era that a school from a non-BCS conference played in the game (as Oregon, the Pacific-10 champion, was selected to play in the BCS National Championship Game). TCU, led by Quarterback Andy Dalton, beat Wisconsin 21-19.
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Beginning with the 1947 Rose Bowl, the Pacific Coast representative was the home team, and the Big Nine representative was the visitor. This arrangement would alternate each year. The stadium seating started with the Big Nine representatives in the end zone, but eventually was set with the Big Ten fans and team on the West (press box) side, and Pacific-10 fans and team on the East side. The home team wears their darkest home jerseys, and the visiting team wears the white visiting jerseys. There have been exceptions to the uniform arrangement: UCLA wore their home jerseys, light blue, in the 1962, 1966, and 1976 Rose Bowl games, with the Big Ten opponent also wearing their home uniforms.
From 1947 through 2001, the Big Ten team was the home team in odd-numbered years, and the Pac-10 team was the home team in even-numbered years. In 2003, Washington State was the home team, as a non-Big Ten or Pac-10 school (Oklahoma of the Big 12) was the opponent; the same applied in 2005, when Michigan played another Big 12 school, Texas.
Beginning with the 2002 Rose Bowl, Nebraska was home, with team and fans on the East sideline. From 2006 through 2013, the home team has been the team with the highest BCS season ending ranking. For the 2005 Rose Bowl, the Michigan team was on the East sideline; Texas was the visiting team and was on the West sideline. For the 2006 Rose Bowl, USC was the home team and Texas was the visiting team on the West sideline. Traditionally, the Big Ten (or its BCS replacement) is on the West side (press box) and the Pac-12 team is on the East side.
During the BCS era, the institution with the higher BCS ranking performed the national anthem, and performed first at halftime. With the exception of BCS championship years, the National Anthem was performed by the band. In BCS Championship years, a performer was invited to sing the Anthem, the last being LeAnn Rimes in 2006. The Rose Bowl does not have other performers during the halftime show besides the school marching bands. As part of the television contract, a portion of each band's halftime performance is shown on television. Each school and each conference are allocated television spots to advertise. For the 100th game on January 1, 2014, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love sang the national anthem. This was the first time in Rose Bowl history that the anthem was performed by singers rather than by a marching band. Today, the institution with the higher ranking by the CFP selection committee performs the national anthem and performs first at halftime.
^ The Pacific Coast Conference, predecessor to the Pac-12 Conference, had their first football season in 1916, so Washington State's appearance in 1916 for the 1915 season and Stanford's appearance in 1902 for the 1901 season do not count toward the conference's total.
* Penn State was not a member of the Big Ten at the time of their 1923 Rose Bowl appearance, so Penn State's appearance in 1923 for the 1922 season does not count toward the Big Ten's conference's total
+ Nebraska was not a member of the Big Ten at the time of either of their appearances. Therefore, as of 2017, they have not represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl.
? The Southeastern Conference has one current member and two former members who made additional appearances in the Rose Bowl while those schools were not members of the SEC. Alabama made additional appearances in 1926, 1927, and 1931 before becoming a charter member of the SEC in 1932. Another SEC charter member, Georgia Tech, made an appearance in 1929, and left the SEC in 1964. Tulane, also a charter member, made an appearance in 1932, prior to the SEC's establishment in December of that year. Tulane left the SEC in 1966.
The most valuable player in the Rose Bowl game is given a crystal trophy that is the Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. The award was created in 1953 and awarded retroactively for players all the way back to the 1902 Rose Bowl. Occasionally, the award has been shared by two players. Beginning with the 2005 Rose Bowl Game, the Rose Bowl MVP Award has been given to both an offensive and defensive player. Four players have been named the MVP of more than one Rose Bowl: Bob Schloredt, Washington (1960, 1961), Charles White, USC (1979, 1980), Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1999, 2000), and Vince Young, Texas (2005, 2006).
|1916||William Henry Dietz||Washington State||FB|
|1918||Hollis Huntington||Mare Island||FB|
|1919||George Halas||Great Lakes||E|
|1922||Russell Stein||Washington & Jefferson||T|
|1925||Elmer Layden||Notre Dame||FB|
|1926||Johnny Mack Brown||Alabama||HB|
|George "Wildcat" Wilson||Washington||HB|
|1928||Clifford "Biff" Hoffman||Stanford||FB|
|1931||John "Monk" Campbell||Alabama||QB|
|1935||Millard "Dixie" Howell||Alabama||HB|
|1936||James "Monk" Moscrip||Stanford||E|
|1942||Donald Durdan||Oregon State||HB|
|1947||Claude "Buddy" Young||Illinois||HB|
|1950||Fred "Curly" Morrison||Ohio State||FB|
|1954||Billy Wells||Michigan State||HB|
|1955||Dave Leggett||Ohio State||QB|
|1956||Walter Kowalczyk||Michigan State||HB|
|Ron Vander Kelen||Wisconsin||QB|
|1969||Rex Kern||Ohio State||QB|
|1974||Cornelius Greene||Ohio State||QB|
|John McKay, Jr.||USC||SE|
|Jack Del Rio||USC||LB|
|1987||Jeff Van Raaphorst||Arizona State||QB|
|1988||Percy Snow||Michigan State||LB|
|Billy Joe Hobert||Washington||QB|
|Ki-Jana Carter||Penn State||RB|
|1997||Joe Germaine||Ohio State||QB|
|2008||John David Booty||USC||QB|
|2010||Terrelle Pryor||Ohio State||QB|
|2014||Connor Cook||Michigan State||QB|
|Kyler Elsworth||Michigan State||LB|
|Team||Performance vs. opponent||Year|
|Most points scored||59, Oregon vs. Florida State||2015|
|Most points scored (losing team)||49, Penn State||2017|
|Most points scored (both teams)||102, Georgia vs. Oklahoma||2018|
|Most points scored in a half||41 (second half), Oregon vs. Florida State||2015|
|Most points scored in a half (both teams)||56 (first half), Oregon vs. Wisconsin||2012|
|Fewest points allowed||0, Washington vs. Iowa (tied with 17 others)||1982|
|First downs||33, USC vs Penn State||2017|
|Rushing yards||503, Michigan vs. Stanford||1902|
|Passing yards||456, Oregon vs. Penn State||1995|
|Total yards||639, Oregon vs. Florida State||2015|
|Individual||Performance, team vs. opponent||Year|
|Total offense||473, Sam Darnold, USC vs Penn State||2017|
|Touchdowns||5, Sam Darnold, USC vs Penn State||2017|
|Rushing yards||247, Charles White, USC vs. Ohio State (39 attempts, 1 TD)||1980|
|Rushing TDs||5, Neil Snow, Michigan vs. Stanford||1902|
|Passing yards||456, Danny O'Neil, Oregon vs. Penn State (41-61-2, 2 TD)||1995|
|Tackles||17, John Boyett, Oregon vs. Wisconsin (tied with 1 other)||2012|
|Sacks||3, Kenny Rowe, Oregon vs. Ohio State (tied with 3 others)||2010|
|Interceptions||3, Bill Paulman, Stanford vs. SMU (tied with 1 other)||1936|
|Long plays||Performance, team vs. opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||91, De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon vs. Wisconsin||2012|
|Touchdown pass||76, Rick Leach to Curt Stephenson, Michigan vs. Washington||1978|
|Kickoff return||103, Al Hoisch, UCLA vs. Illinois (TD)||1947|
|Punt return||86, Aramis Dandoy, USC vs. Ohio State (TD)||1955|
|Interception return||78, Elmer Layden, Notre Dame vs. Stanford (TD)||1925|
|Fumble return||58, Tony Washington, Oregon vs. Florida State (TD)||2015|
|Punt||73, Don Bracken, Michigan vs. Washington||1981|
|Field goal||55, Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia vs. Oklahoma||2018|
Note: When there is a tie, the most recent one will be listed.
Top No. 1 ranked teams at the end of the season that have played in the Rose Bowl games are listed below:
Five times in Rose Bowl Game history, the two participants had played during the regular season. In three of those instances, the same team won both the regular season game and the Rose Bowl Game. UCLA won three of those five Rose Bowl games, including both instances in which a different team lost the regular season game but won the Rose Bowl Game.
Inductees (by year):
The Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class was announced by Rose Bowl Hall of Fame member Keith Jackson, on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Tournament House.
In addition to being named as All-Century representatives for their respective decades, John McKay and Archie Griffin were named the 100th Rose Bowl Game All-Century Coach and Player respectively. Griffin and McKay (represented by his son John McKay, Jr.) will participate in the 2014 Rose Parade.
Nine former players have come back to coach a team in the game (played and coached, as listed by the Tournament of Roses Association):