beats the competition seen in college football. As
the best teams go on to play in the college
bowl, games are hotly contested as the season nears its end,
And the annual Rose Bowl played
Bowl Stadium is the "granddaddy" of them all.
Rose Bowl game TV schedule
Watch for the 2018 Rose Bowl to kick of on New Year's Day, January 1, 2018 at 5PM ET on ESPN televised live from Pasadena. If it couln't get any more exciting, this year the Rose Bowl (along with the 2018 Sugar Bowl) also serves as one of the playoffs that decide who is going on to the 2018 college football championship game on January 8.
Meanwhile, New Year's morning, also don't miss the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, a much-loved tradition that kicks off the New Year and a new Rose Bowl battle.
This year, the 129th Rose parade features spirited marching bands, floral floats, and high-stepping horses marching down Colorado Boulevard for thousands of appreciative fans. In the US, watch for national TV coverage of the pre-game festivities to begin at 8AM PT/11AM ET on New Year's Day on ABC.
Rose Bowl trivia & fun facts
In 1902, the Tournament of Roses Association decided to add a football game to the day's festivities to attract more visitors to Pasadena. The first to accept the invitation was Stanford University, but they were no match for the powerhouse University of Michigan team who flattened them 49-0. The lopsided score prompted the Tournament to give up football in favor of (believe or not) Roman-style
chariot races. Thankfully, the association changed back to football in 1916. And the rest, as they say, is college football history.
Flip cards that were supposed to read H-U-S-K-I-E-S were secretly switched to read C-A-L-T-E-C-H in 1961 resulting in one of the most elaborate football pranks ever pulled off at the Rose Bowl or any other game, later dubbed The
Great Rose Bowl Hoax. Baffled cheerleaders, fans and millions of TV viewers pondered over the mystery until days later, when it was finally revealed that the switch was made thanks to the stealth and ingenuity of a handful of Caltech students.
In addition to college football, the Rose Bowl stadium has been the site of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final and five Super Bowls.
More about the Rose Bowl around the Web
Rose Bowl Game - Tournament of Roses - The official site with team profiles, TV schedule, ticket information and travel packages, maps & seating diagrams & directions to Rose Bowl stadium, plus check out a complete wrap-up of last year's Rose Bowl action in feature stories & photo galleries.