Who: No. 9 Washington (10-3, Pac 12 champs) vs. No. 6 Ohio State (12-1, Big Ten champs)
When: 5 p.m., Tuesday
Where: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif.
Series history: Ohio State leads 8-3. The Buckeyes have won three in a row and four of the last five between the schools. The teams have never played in the Rose Bowl or at a neutral site before.
Last game: Ohio State won 33-14 in Seattle in 2007.
Bowl history: Ohio State is 23-25 in bowl games, including 7-7 in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes last appeared in the Grandaddy of Them All following the 2009 season when they defeated Oregon 26-17. They have won two Rose Bowls in a row, including a 20-17 win over Arizona State on Jan. 1, 1997. Washington has played in 38 bowls, including 14 Rose Bowls. The Huskies are 18-19-1 in bowls.
Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 82-9 in six seasons as the coach of the Buckeyes and 186-32 overall in 17 seasons. Washington’s Chris Petersen is 47-20 in five season at Washington and 139-32 overall in 13 season as a head coach.
Ohio State notes: Ohio State won its 38th Big Ten title (counting one vacated in 2010 because of NCAA sanctions) and second in a row. Michigan has the most with 42… Ohio State is No. 2 nationally in total offense (548.8 yards per game) and No. 67th in total defense (400.3)… The Buckeyes are eighth (43.3 points per game) and 56th (25.8) in scoring… Ohio State is 15th in the country with 93 tackles for loss, and the Buckeyes’ 39 sacks are seventh.
Washington notes: The Huskies are 83rd in the nation in scoring (26.6 points per game) and fifth in points allowed (15.5)… They are 60th in total offense (412.4 yards per game) and 12th in total defense (301.8 ypg.)… Their defense is led by Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year Ben Burr-Kirven, who leads the nation with 165 tackles and made the AP’s All-America team… Senior quarterback Jake Browning has thrown for 2,879 yards and 16 touchdowns while senior running back Myles Gaskin is the school’s all-time leading rusher with 5,202 yards and 55 touchdowns.
Quoted: Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake on Haskins: “He’s definitely the best quarterback we’ve faced all year long. Can really do it all. He can make all the throws. You see him coordinate the offense at the line of scrimmage. Strong arm. Athletic, big, hard to tackle. And so it’s everything we wanted at the end of the year. If we’re doing everything that we expect ourselves to do, we want to play in a big-time bowl game against a big-time opponent we got what we wanted.”
Prediction: Ohio State 31, Washington 27
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