Buckeyes Are Rose Bowl Bound

The Buckeyes needed a lot of chaos to shake things up in terms of the College Football Playoff and while there was some, there was not nearly enough. As a result, the Buckeyes will have to accept the consolation prize of going to the Rose Bowl (sarcasm font enabled).

It was not long ago that going to Pasadena (Calif.) was the end-all for Ohio State and its fans but in the modern era of the College Football Playoff, if it is not a semifinals location, it has a bit of an anti-climactic feeling to it.

Ohio State will draw Utah in the game, the champions of the Pac-12. The Utes beat Oregon, a team that Ohio State had a week two loss to, twice over the span of the last couple of weeks.

Utah will be ready for the Buckeyes as whispers of this being a swan song for head coach Kyle Whittingham grow louder and louder.

The Buckeyes and Utes have only played one time in the history of the two programs, a 64-6 rout in Columbus (Ohio) back in 1986. Running back George Cooper would only have 33 yards rushing for Ohio State but would have four touchdowns as the bulk of the yardage would go to Vince Workman. Jim Karsatos and Tom Tupa would share quarterbacking duties and combine for 321 passing yards and two scores, Cris Carter would have 65 receiving yards and Everett Ross would haul in a touchdown.

The Buckeyes have been to the Rose Bowl 15 times in program history and hold a record of 8-7 in the game, finally going over .500 after the 1/1/2019 game against Washington. That game would be Urban Meyer’s final game as Ohio State’s head coach.

Ohio State is on a three-game winning streak in the Rose Bowl with wins over Washington, Oregon and Arizona State.

Many Buckeyes fans are still struggling with seeing the hated rival in the College Football Playoff but once again, a trip to the Rose Bowl is not a bad silver medal but the Buckeyes better be ready for a difficult Utah team that would love nothing more than to knock off one of college football’s elite teams.

There will be so much more over the course of the next month leading up to this game, so be sure to keep it locked in here to as we get you ready for the ‘Granddaddy of them all’ with the Buckeyes and Utes in focus.