The 2015 and 101st edition of the Rose Bowl marks a historic first, the first ever playoff game for Division 1 College Football. The game will also pit two quarterbacks against one another that are not only considered two of the best at their position in the country but also represent the last two winners of the Heisman Trophy. The winner of the Rose Bowl will face the winner of the Sugar Bowl, either Ohio State or Alabama for the National Championship.
Jameis Winston, last years Heisman winner heads up the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles. The Noles are also, despite a few very close calls, at 13 and 0, the only undefeated team among the final four teams to play for the National Championship. In Winston's last game, the ACC Championship game, he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, defeating Georgia Tech to take the conference title in another close call for the Noles by the score of 37 to 35.
Marcus Mariota emerged this season as one of the countries top quarterbacks leading the Oregon Ducks to a 12 and 1 record on his way to winning this seasons Heisman. The Ducks one loss this season came to Arizona. Oregon was able to redeem themselves by defeating Arizona in their second match up of the season by the resounding score of 51 to 13 to take the Pac-12 title. In the title game Marcus Mariota not only ran for three touchdowns but also passed for 313 yards and two more scores.
- TV: ESPN
- TIME: Thursday, January 1st, 5:00 PM EST
- LOCATION: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
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