COLUMBUS, Ohio – After finishing with a 10-2 regular season record and an 8-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play, including a Big Ten East Division co-championship, No. 6 (CFP) Ohio State is headed west to Pasadena, Calif. to take on Pac 12 champion and No. 11 (CFP) Utah (10-3) in the 108th Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X, Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EST on Jan. 1, 2022. ESPN will broadcast the game to a national audience.
16th Rose Bowl for Ohio State
This will mark the Buckeyes’ 16th Rose Bowl appearance and second in the last four years. Ohio State owns an 8-7 all-time record at the Rose Bowl and has won in each of its last three appearances: a 20-17 win over Arizona State in 1997; a 26-17 victory against Oregon in 2010; and a 28-23 triumph over Washington in its last visit, on Jan. 1, 2019.
The Buckeyes have been powered by one of the nation’s most explosive and balanced offenses all season. Ohio State leads the nation in total offense (551.1 yards/game) and scoring offense (45.5 points/game) while possessing a Heisman Trophy-candidate at quarterback (C.J. Stroud), a 1,000-yard true freshman running back (TreVeyon Henderson) and a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers (Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba) with a third reciver, Chris Olave, on the cusp of a 1,000-yard season.
Utah won the Pac 12 on Friday evening by defeating Oregon, 38-10, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Utes have the nation’s No. 14-ranked rushing offense and averages 216.5 yards per game on the ground. Four players – including quarterback Cameron Rising – have 400 or more yards rushing this year, led by Tavion Thomas (186 attempts, 1,041 yards, 20 TD).
Utah also defeated Oregon, one of two teams to defeat the Buckeyes this season, in the regular season, 38-7, on Nov. 20 in Salt Lake City.
The Buckeyes and Utes have met just once previously, a 64-6 Ohio State win in 1986 at Ohio Stadium.
Rose Bowl Tickets Availability
Public ticket sales through the Ohio State Ticket Office are available now. Prices start at $185, including fees. Fans will be assigned seats in the Ohio State sections based on when orders are received. All tickets will be mobile only. Fans can visit https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/bowl-central-2021/ for more information on dates, times and to submit their requests.
Priority ordering for donor groups, season ticket holders, and Varsity O Football members is open now, and will conclude Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m. Detailed instructions for submitting priority ticket requests, including information regarding Faculty/Staff and Student ticket ordering processes were emailed to eligible ticket holders this afternoon.
Representatives of the Rose Bowl Stadium are closely following all guidelines put in place by Los Angeles County and the City of Pasadena’s Health departments in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all event attendees. Face coverings will be required for all individuals aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status, at all times unless actively eating or drinking. Also, fans attending the Rose Bowl Game will be required to show proof of their fully-vaccinated status or provide a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of the start of the event.
COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS