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2019 Rose Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick

Will you accept this Rose (Bowl)?

It is all sunshine and flowers at the 2019 Rose Bowl.

The New Year’s Six continues out on the West Coast with this American tradition. This year’s game will be the 105th Rose Bowl, and once again, as it has been for decades, the “Granddaddy of Them All” is a Big Ten vs. Pac-12 contest. The College Football Playoff does not run through Pasadena this year, much to the chagrin of Ohio State, who wanted to get there. Alas, shouldn’t get whacked by Purdue.

It’s conference champion against conference champion. Do the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten or the Washington Huskies from the Pac-12 win?

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2019 Rose Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 5:00pm ET (2:00pm PT)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Broadcast on ESPN
Payout derived from CFP Revenue Pool (Link: College Football Poll)
Ohio State is a 6.5-point favorite

2019 Rose Bowl: Washington Huskies

10-3 (7-2 Pac-12); 2018 Pac-12 Champions
Best Win: Washington State
Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 85th, Total Offense 60th, Rushing Offense 55th, 3rd Downs 22nd, Time of Possession 27th, Turnover Margin 50th, Sacks Allowed 45th, Red Zone 113th
Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 5th, Total Defense 12th, Rushing Defense 15th, Opponent 3rd Downs 65th, Sacks Per Game 107th, TFL Per Game 120th, Interceptions 50th, Opponent Red Zone 35th
Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 73rd, Punts Per Game 119th

2019 Rose Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes

12-1 (8-1 Big Ten); 2018 Big Ten Champions
Best Win: Michigan
Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 8th, Total Offense 2nd, Rushing Offense 58th, 3rd Downs 10th, Time of Possession 19th, Turnover Margin 32nd, Sacks Allowed 30th, Red Zone 120th
Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 54th, Total Defense 67th, Rushing Defense 60th, Opponent 3rd Downs 10th, Sacks Per Game 11th, TFL Per Game 26th, Interceptions 50th, Opponent Red Zone 110th
Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 69th, Punts Per Game 99th

2019 Rose Bowl: Head-to-Head

This matchup has happened before, but never on such a grand stage. This will be their 12th meeting ever.

Ohio State owns the all-time series lead, 8-3. Their last contest was in 2007 when Jim Tressel and Tyrone Willingham led these programs. (Link: Winsipedia)

2019 Rose Bowl: Pick

Ohio State’s failure to get into the playoff aside, this is a momentous day for their program in that it’s the last game for Urban Meyer. His time at Ohio State was successful, in particular towards the beginning with a 2014 national championship. His Ohio State teams have won a minimum of 11 games in his seven years with the Buckeyes. A three-time national champion as a head coach, the bar will be very high for his replacement, Ryan Day.

Washington did not quite have the season they expected in going 9-3 prior to the conference title game, but they still made it to Pasadena. The Husky defense is one of the best in the nation, and it needs to be against the Buckeye offense. Dwayne Haskins has been an absolute monster this year throwing for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns, earning him a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Jake Browning is not by any means a bad quarterback, but the senior is inferior to Haskins, who could probably win this game for Ohio State by himself.

The Huskies did well in limiting another hot quarterback in Gardner Minshew, something they will need to repeat to give themselves a chance. Ohio State’s defense has had some games that makes you want to question what you think you know about college football. This includes the Purdue game (obviously) and the Maryland great escape. It does not happen a lot but the Buckeyes have on occasion completely fallen apart on that side of the ball. Washington is better in that regard.

Bottom line, Haskins is probably too good for the Huskies to win this game, but a superior defensive effort will make this interesting.

Pick: Ohio State

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