Rose Bowl Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks

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The Rose Bowl Game is the oldest active college football bowl game played annually on 1st or 2nd January and is contested by top ranked teams in the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences.

Rose Bowl Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks
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Rose Bowl Game History

What is the Rose Bowl Game ?

The Rose Bowl is the most famous and oldest active college football bowl game contested annually on the 1st or 2nd (if the 1st is a Sunday) of January by top ranked teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences. Being the oldest and most famous the Rose Bowl Game is affectionately known as "The Granddaddy of Them All. Originally known as the Tournament East-West Football Game, the first Rose Bowl game took place in 1902 contested by Stanford and Michigan watched by an 8,000 attendance at Tournament Park in Pasadena, California. Michigan representing the Big Ten (East) Conference won the game 49-0. The Rose Bowl Game is also part of the Tournament of Roses New Year Celebrations.

Since 2015 the Rose Bowl along with five other Bowl games (also known collectively as the 'New Year's Six') have joined the roster for hosting the College Football Playoff (CFP) Semi Finals which are part of the National College Championship. These six major bowl games which also includes the Peach Bowl alternately host the CFP Semi Finals every three years.

Where is the Rose Bowl Game played ?

The annual Rose Bowl game is played at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The Pasadena Rose Bowl at the time of writing has a seating capacity of over 90,000 and the Rose Bowl game is renowned for being the most attended college football bowl game. Consecutively between the years 1965 to 1992 the Rose Bowl Game attendance topped the 100,000 figure.

Who usually plays in the Rose Bowl Game ?

The champions from the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences usually play in the Rose Bowl Game unless the teams are selected to appear in the National Championship College Football Playoff. If a team is selected to play in the CFP then the replacement Rose Bowl participant will be the next highest ranked CFP team from that conference (Pac-12 or Big Ten). When the Rose Bowl Game is a designated College Football Playoff Semi Final (every three years) the teams may differ from the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions. 

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2024 Rose Bowl Game

When is the 2024 Rose Bowl Game ?

The 2024 and 110th Rose Bowl Game is on Monday 1st January 2024 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Who is playing in the Rose Bowl Game ?

The 2024 Rose Bowl teams are the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference and Alabama Crimson Tide from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

What time is the Rose Bowl Game ?

The 2024 Rose Bowl kick off time is 2 pm (PST).

What TV station is the Rose Bowl Game on ?

The Rose Bowl game is on ESPN.

Who will win the Rose Bowl ?

If you enjoy a competitive wager on the Rose Bowl game and college football in general then take a few minutes to view our best football handicappers thoughts and predictions nearer the game to see who they fancy and why. The best handicappers listed on the page have the best profit stats for football picks on OLBG in the last year.

How can I place a wager on the Rose Bowl game ?

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Last 10 Rose Bowl Game Winners

Who won the 2024 Rose Bowl Game ?

Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference won the 2024 Rose Bowl game defeating Alabama Crimson Tide from the Southeastern Conference 27-20 after Overtime. The scores were tied 20-20 at the end of regulation time.

Here's a table showing the last 10 Rose Bowl Game winners, runners up and final score.

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
2015Oregon (Pac-12)59 - 20Florida State (Big Ten)
2016Stanford (Pac-12)45 - 16Iowa (Big Ten)
2017USC (Pac-12)52 - 49Penn State (Big Ten)
2018Georgia (Big Ten)54 - 48Oklahoma (Pac-12)
2019Ohio State (Big Ten)28 - 23Washington (Pac-12)
2020Oregon (Pac-12)28 - 27Wisconsin (Big Ten)
2021Alabama (Pac-12)31 - 14Notre Dame (Big Ten)
2022Ohio State (Big Ten)48 - 45Utah (Pac-12)
2023Penn State (Big Ten)35 - 21Utah (Pac-12)
2024Michigan (Big Ten)27 - 20 (OT)Alabama (SEC)

Rose Bowl Game Records

Who has the most Rose Bowl Game wins ?

USC Trojans representing the University of Southern California from the Pac-12 Conference holds the record with 25 Rose Bowl wins from 34 games played. Their latest Rose Bowl win came in 2017 when defeating Penn State 52-49 with Quarterback Sam Darnold taking the Offensive MVP award, Sam is now a Quarterback with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Which Conference has the most Rose Bowl wins ?

The Pac-12 Conference teams have won 52 Rose Bowl Games from 101 contested, the Big Ten conference teams have won 35 from 74 played:

ConferenceWinsPlayed
Pac-1252100
Big Ten3575
Others2045

* There have been three ties in Rose Bowl Games (1922, 1924 & 1927)

Who has the most Rose Bowl Game appearances ?

USC holds the most Rose Bowl appearances record which currently stands at 34 games, 25 won and 9 lost.

Most points scored in a Rose Bowl Game

  • 102 - Georgia 54 - 48 Oklahoma (2018)

Most points scored by a team in a Rose Bowl Game

  • 59 (Oregon) vs. Florida State (2015)

Biggest winning margin in a Rose Bowl Game

  • 49 - Michigan 49 - 0 Stanford (1902)
  • 49 - Michigan 49 - 0 USC (1948)

Rose Bowl MVP's

Who has been the Rose Bowl MVP's ?

Since the 2005 Rose Bowl game there has been two Most Valuable Player awards per game, an offensive MVP and a defensive MVP. There have been many Rose Bowl MVP's particularly in recent times who have made the step up to the NFL, notably:

Quarterbacks 

  • Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
  • Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers)
  • Marcus Mariota (Atlanta Falcons)

Running Backs 

  • Christian McCaffrey (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Sony Michel (Los Angeles Chargers)

Wide Receivers

  • DeVonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles)

Here's a table showing the last 10 'Offensive MVP's' in the Rose Bowl:

YearMVPPositionTeam
2015Marcus MariotaQBOregon
2016Christian McCaffreyRBStanford
2017Sam DarnoldQBUSC
2018Sony MichelRBGeorgia
2019Dwayne HaskinsQBOhio State
2020Justin HerbertQBOregon
2021DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
2022Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWROhio State
2023Sean CliffordQBPenn State
2024J J McCarthyQBMichigan

Defensive Rose Bowl MVP's making the transition to the NFL in recent years include:

Linebackers

  • Tony Washington (ex Houston Texans)
  • Roquan Smith (Chicago Bears)

Defensive Tackle

  • Aziz Shittu (ex Philadelphia Eagles & Dallas Cowboys)

Cornerback

  • Patrick Surtain II (Denver Broncos)

Here's a table showing the last 10 'Defensive MVP's' in the Rose Bowl:

YearMVPPositionTeam
2015Tony WashingtonLBOregon
2016Aziz ShittuDEStanford
2017Stevie Tu'ikolovatuDTUSC
2018Roquan SmithLBGeorgia
2019Brendon WhiteSOhio State
2020Brady BreezeSOregon
2021Patrick Surtain IICBAlabama
2022Tommy EichenbergLBOhio State
2023Ji'Ayir BrownSPenn State
2024Mason GrahamDTMichigan
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