Ohio State (12-1) is the Big 10 champ. The Bulldogs own a 13-8 bowl record, and it will be the eighth time that State will play in a Florida bowl.
Iowa's football season will end in familiar territory, playing in the Outback Bowl for the sixth time in 15 years, while Iowa State will complete its season for the first time ever in the Alamo Bowl.
With Washington State's prolific offense and Iowa State's hard-hitting defense preparing for war, it should be an entertaining game. I dislike him less than others, though, because he's still the man that brought the Pac-12 Network to my basement, and the Pac-12 Network airs Cougar football and basketball games that were never on TV before. For the Buckeyes, it's their 15th Rose Bowl appearance but head coach Urban Meyers first.
Although the Cougars were on pace to play in a New Year's Six bowl, an unfortunate loss to the Washington Huskies ultimately sealed their fate.
With the stunning year WSU has had, Coug fans were extremely disappointed with the bowl game the College Football Playoff selection committee put them in. Their only losses were by three points at USC and by 13 to Washington in a Pullman snowstorm.
"I know they're always good", said Petersen, who spent time in Columbus with Meyer shortly after getting the job at Washington.
Meanwhile, the Utes lost their first two conference contests but rebounded to win the Pac-12 South and earn a slot in the conference title game. Additionally, the Bulldogs are one of only five SEC schools to go bowling in every season this decade. "We couldn't be more excited about going down there. We look forward to hosting the Hawkeye and Bulldog teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have an incredible experience in the Tampa Bay area".
Seven teams in total from the Pac-12 will play in a bowl game with Washington headlining the conference bids as the Huskies will play No. 6 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on January 1. The Hawkeyes finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten West and boast the nation's No. 7 total defense, allowing only 289.6 yards per game. They fell in an ugly 10-3 loss to Washington on Friday, but will still have an opportunity for a 10-win season with a victory over Pat Fitzgerald's team. "I know Florida one time, I thought we were close to going".
There are a lot of questions as to why the Cougars did not make it to a New Year's Six bowl game when they had such a successful season.
"There was a really good buzz around our facility today, a lot of excitement", Cyclone head coach Matt Campbell said.