Will Ohio State football play in the Rose Bowl after Michigan defeats Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game?


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The official announcement won’t come until Sunday afternoon, but Ohio state football expects to play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2018.

Michigan’s 42-3 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday night secured a spot for the college football playoffs. The Wolverines were No.2 in the standings last week.

This will make the Ohio State the highest-ranked Big Ten team outside of playoff guests. Unless the Tournament of Roses selection committee decides to shake things up unexpectedly, the Buckeyes will face champion Pac-12 Utah in the New Years game in Pasadena, Calif.

According to committee procedures, he will “traditionally” select the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the playoff standings when the champion qualifies for the playoffs.

The exception occurs when there is a “cluster” of Big Ten teams in the leaderboard. The committee is then free to select a lower ranked opponent if it “will result in the best possible encounter for the Rose Bowl game”.

This allows the Rose Bowl to skip a team that has been in the game multiple times in a row for a new participant.

The state of Ohio last visited the Rose Bowl in 2018, which was its first trip to Pasadena since 2009.

If, for some reason, the Tournament of Roses decides they prefer to invite the state of Michigan, then the state of Ohio will play either the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes have never played the Peach Bowl, but have played the Fiesta Bowl seven times since 2002.

However, OSU outscored the Spartans 56-7 when they played two weeks ago. Expect the tradition to be held after the fact and the Buckeyes to end up in Pasadena.

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