Who plays in the Rose Bowl this year? Teams, date, schedule for New Year’s 6 bowl game

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It’s called “The Granddaddy of them All” and even though it’s not a College Football Playoff semifinal game this year, the Rose Bowl should still figure to be one of the marquee New Years’ 6 bowl games and one of the best games of the season.

The game will pit Pac-12 champion Utah against Ohio State in the 108th installment of the game. Ohio State started the season 1-1 with a loss to a Pac-12 foe — Oregon — but then rattled off nine wins in a row prior to a matchup with Michigan.

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The Wolverines won, 42-28, beating Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and effectively ending any chance the Buckeyes had at making the playoffs. The loss also marks the first time Ryan Day has lost two games in a season since taking over at Ohio State.

Utah easily won the Pac-12 title, the first of Kyle Whittingham’s 18-year career leading the Utes. He’s tied with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy for second longest active streak leading one FBS program.

Despite the Utes’ success under Wittingham (144-69, seven seasons inside the top-25), they’ve been to just three New Years’ 6 bowls in their history and this marks their first Rose Bowl appearance. It’s Ohio State’s 16th trip to the Rose Bowl, where the Buckeyes are 8-7 all-time.

The two teams have met just once before, back in 1986 when Ohio State won 64-6.

Sporting News has all the information you need about the 2021 Rose Bowl.

MORE: Full schedule for all 42 bowls of the 2021 college football season

When is the Rose Bowl 2022?

  • Date: Jan. 1, 2022
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • TV broadcast: ESPN
  • Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif.

The 2022 Rose Bowl marks the 108th playing of the game since its inception in 1902. The game has always been played in Pasadena, Calif. 

Who plays in the Rose Bowl 2022?

The 2021 Cotton Bowl will feature the SEC champion, No. 11 Utah, against Big Ten East division co-champions No. 6 Ohio State.

What to know about Ohio State vs. Utah

Buckeyes’ big play potential

Much has been written about the nature of Ohio State’s offense already. The Buckeyes boast three of the top receivers in the nation in Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, all of whom present major challenges for an opposing defense, and any of whom can take over a game. 

But on the off chance those three are held in check, Buckeyes’ running back TreVeyon Henderson can peel off big plays out of the backfield as well. The Buckeyes ranked first in both total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5 points per game) and can make things happen in a hurry.

The British are coming

Utah’s offense is a far more balanced one than Ohio State’s, though the Utes do have a 1,000-yard rusher in Tavion Thomas, who’s also found the end zone 20 times as well. But perhaps their biggest weapon is Britain Covey. He doesn’t have gaudy numbers the way Olave or Wilson or Smith-Njigba do, but he’s serviceable as a receiver. 

Where he does the most damage though is as a returner. He averages 30.4 yards per kick return and an impressive 14.7 yards per punt return, including two that he returned for touchdowns. So while he may be held in check in the passing game, he’s a major special teams threat and one that Utah could lean on as a way to win.

Urban Meyer footprint on both programs

Both Ryan Day and Kyle Whittingham are disciples of and have worked directly under Urban Meyer. Meyer was the coach at Utah for two years while Whittingham was the defensive coordinator. Though Meyer’s days with the Utes are long over, he still guided the program to two of its best seasons in history and helped shepherd quarterback Alex Smith into being the No. 1 overall pick.

Day, meanwhile, served as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Meyer at Ohio State, before eventually being named acting head coach in 2018 when Meyer was placed on leave. Day is 33-4 leading the Buckeyes and his unit will look for their third straight New Years’ 6 bowl win.

Rose Bowl odds

This section will be updated when opening odds become available for the Rose Bowl.

Where the Rose Bowl being played in 2022?

The Cotton Bowl will kick off from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

New Year’s 6 Bowl schedule 2021

All of this year’s New Year’s 6 Bowl games are televised on ESPN.

Date Bowl Matchup Time (ET) TV
Dec. 30 Peach Bowl No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Pitt 7 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Dec. 31 Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP semifinal) No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Dec. 31 Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal) No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia 7:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State 1 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah 5 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss 8:45 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Jan. 10 CFP National Championship TBD vs. TBD 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV



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