About the Rose Bowl Game


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Known as the oldest of bowls, the Rose Bowl Game kicked off a myriad college football legacies in 1902. Since then, the game has been home to 17 Heisman Trophy winners, produced 29 national champions, featured 203 consensus All-Americans and honored 110 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

The first Tournament of Roses football game, which was the first post-season football game in the nation, was staged at Tournament Park on January 1, 1902. The game matched the West Coast’s Stanford against Midwestern Michigan. (The teams would later become members of today’s Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences, respectively.) Michigan routed Stanford, 49-0, prompting the football contest to be replaced with Roman-style chariot races inspired by the literary classic Ben-Hur. Football was permanently reinstated as part of the Tournament’s traditions in 1916.

The exclusive agreement among the Tournament of Roses Association, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference was born in 1946, and the first game played under the agreement took place on January 1, 1947. The pact is the oldest intercollegiate postseason bowl agreement between two major conferences in the United States.

This collegiate classic has been the occasion of many firsts. The Rose Bowl Game was the occasion of first local radio broadcast of an East-West bowl game in 1926, the first transcontinental radio broadcast of a sporting event in 1927, the first local telecast of a college football game in 1948, the first national telecast of a college football game in 1952 and the first coast-to-coast color telecast of a collegiate football game in 1962.

The 101st Rose Bowl Game will be a College Football Playoff semifinal game which will be held on January 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. This game will match Florida State vs. Oregon as selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff Championship to be played on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

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PASADENA, Calif. – The No. 2 CFP-ranked Oregon Ducks, champions of the Pac-12 Conference, and the No. 3 CFP-ranked Florida State Seminoles, champions of the ACC Conference, have earned berths to play in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET), Thursday, January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl Stadium. “The Tournament of Roses is pleased to host Oregon and Florida State at this year’s Playoff Semifinal at the Rose... Read More
PASADENA, Calif. (November 11, 2014) – Following its successful release of a first block of tickets, the Tournament of Roses® will hold a second pre-sale for tickets to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, November 12 at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. The two teams that will compete in the Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game will be chosen by the College Football Playoff... Read More
IRVING, Texas (Nov. 4, 2014) – The National Football Foundation (NFF)... Read More

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