On New Years Day, the “granddaddy of them all” will be played once again here in Pasadena, between #2 Oregon vs. #3 Florida State. Thursday’s game will be different than the 100 Rose Bowls played before, because it’s a semifinal kicking off college football’s new playoff four-team playoff, which replaces the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series.
The winner goes on to play in the National Championship Game in North Texas January 12th versus the winner of The Sugar Bowl, which features #1 Alabama vs. #4 Ohio State.
The Rose Bowl is a quarterback showcase, featuring last year’s Heisman winner – Jameis Winston – versus this year’s – Marcus Mariota.
This is the first time Florida State will play in a Rose Bowl, though they won the last BCS Championship Game last year at the same stadium. Oregon is 2-4 in its Rose Bowl games.
The Seminoles are the only undefeated team in the country, but they come in as nine-point underdogs to the Ducks.
A key to the game will likely be turnovers; Oregon’s only had eight all season compared to Florida State’s 27.
New Year’s Day will be the first time Oregon and Florida State have faced each other.