Ohio State beat Northwestern to win the Big Ten Championship Game and claim a third Big Ten title in five years.
Unfortunately, that 49-20 loss to Purdue mid-season still sticks out like a sore thumb and may ultimately cost the Buckeyes a spot in the College Football Playoff when the final ranking is released.
But if ESPN’s latest bowl prediction is correct, the Buckeyes will be heading back to a bowl game they have a lot of history with.
ESPN analysts Mitch Sherman and Kyle Bonagura are both predicting Ohio State to take on the PAC-12 champion Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 1 at 5 p.m.
The Buckeyes have a 7-7 record in the Rose Bowl with their last appearance resulting in a 26-17 win over Oregon in 2010.
Washington has had similar success in the Rose Bowl game. The Huskies have a 7-6-1 record all-time in the bowl game, most recently with a 34-24 win over Purdue in 2001.
Washington clinched its spot in the Rose Bowl game with a win over Utah in the PAC-12 title game. The only reason Ohio State wouldn’t be the Huskies’ opponent is if the College Football Playoff selection committee defies predictions and gives the Buckeyes a spot in the CFP.