The Rose Bowl is the biggest of all of the college bowl games, often referred to as the "Grand Daddy of Them All."
These five games are examples of why this is the greatest matchup in the postseason:
1969: Ohio State vs. USC
Once upon a time, OJ Simpson was more famous for his football skills. In the 1969 Rose Bowl, he managed to run 100 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, he also contributed to USC turning the ball over to Ohio State on five different occasions. Twice he fumbled and once he threw an interception. Both teams were undefeated coming into the game, but the Buckeyes came out on top with a 27-16 win over the Trojans.
1971: Stanford vs. Ohio State
1993: Michigan vs. Washington
In 1992, Washington beat Michigan 34-14 in the Rose Bowl. When the two teams matched back up in the 1993 Rose Bowl, the Wolverines were determined to get revenge and to prevent the Huskies from winning three consecutive Rose Bowls. Sophomore running back Tyrone Wheatley had one of his best games ever, scoring three touchdowns on 15 carries. His prowess earned him the title of "Player of the Game." Michigan won 38-31.
1997: Ohio State vs. Arizona State
In 1987, John Cooper led Arizona State to a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Ten years later, he returned to the Rose Bowl to face his former team as the coach of Ohio State. The teams were tied at the end of the first half. In the third quarter, OSU reserve quarterback Joe Germaine, who had almost gone to ASU, was put into the game. He threw a 72-yard touchdown, the longest Ohio State touchdown pass in a bowl game to date. Jake Plummer helped the Sun Devils take over the lead with 1:40 left to play. Germaine stayed calm and finally led the Buckeyes to a game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game. They won 20-17.
2006: Texas vs. USC
Coming into the 2006 Rose Bowl, the Texas Longhorns were 13-0. The USC Trojans were coming off of 34 consecutive wins. The Longhorns were leading the Trojans by a score of 16-10 at the half. But the score kept close. USC overtook Texas in the fourth quarter, with a score of 31-23. Vince Young scored a 17-yard running touchdown to lessen the deficit. After the Longhorns stopped the Trojans' next drive with just over 2:00 left in the game, they had a chance to take the lead. And with just 19 seconds left in the game, that is precisely what Vince Young did.
Andrea Coventry has been a college football fan since elementary school. Her favorite team is the Michigan Wolverines.