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The Journal Gazette

Monday, December 03, 2018 1:00 am

Buckeyes, Washington heading to Rose Bowl

Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. – Ohio State’s consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All.

The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl game.

For the first time in college football’s playoff era, the champion of the Pac-12 will meet the champion of the Big Ten on New Year’s Day in Pasadena. That’s a welcome return to the traditional matchup for this game – and both schools have been away from the Rose Bowl long enough to make the trip likely irresistible for fans.

“We ended up right where we hoped to be, facing an awesome team in a big-time game that has so much history with this school and this program,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said. “We couldn’t be more excited about going down there.”

Both schools will be making their 15th appearance in the Rose Bowl. Washington hasn’t been there since the 2000 season, and Ohio State has been just once since 1996, upsetting Oregon in 2010.

Ohio State finished sixth in the race for four playoff spots. Coach Urban Meyer largely shrugged off the playoff snub, instead focusing on the chance to finish strong.

“Hard to say I’ve ever been more proud of a group of players,” said Meyer, who is going to the Rose Bowl for the first time. “Not just players, but people, the way they demonstrated their resilience and toughness and love for one another.”