Ohio State and Washington will meet in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019. The sixth-ranked Buckeyes finished the season 12-1 and won the Big Ten Championship Game 45-24 over No. 21 Northwestern last Saturday. The night before that game, the ninth-ranked Huskies, who went 10-3 on the year, defeated No. 17 Utah in the Pac 12 Championship Game 10-3. Because of their respective conference championships, and because neither team made the College Football Playoff, fans will get a classic matchup of the Big Ten vs. the Pac 12 in the Rose Bowl.
In the age of the Playoff, many of the bowl games have become devalued but the Rose Bowl tends to hold its appeal as the Granddaddy of Them All. Getting a traditional conference matchup will also help generate excitement for this game.
The two men leading these teams are two of the best head coaches in the business. Ohio State is led by Urban Meyer, who is 82-9 in seven seasons with the Buckeyes and has won three conference championship, while Chris Petersen, who has a 47-20 record with Washington over five years and won Pac 12 titles this season and in 2016, will lead the Huskies into this contest.
Meyer and Petersen spoke to the media after finding out their bowl destination about their thoughts on the game and the potential matchup. Here is everything the two head coaches said: