Jody Victor®: On To The Rose Bowl

Jody Victor: Ohio State has an 18-22 record in bowl games, dating back to the 1921 Rose Bowl, where the Buckeyes were defeated 28-0 by California. The Buckeyes have appeared in 11 different bowl games during their storied history.

The Buckeyes are 4-3 in seven BCS appearances. Ohio State holds a 14-19 record in bowl games played on New Year's Day or later. Under Jim Tressel, Ohio State is 4-4 in bowl games. Ohio State has made 13 previous Rose Bowl appearances, posting a 6-7 record.

With its 27-24 overtime victory against Iowa, Ohio State earned a share of the 2009 Big Ten championship, and the 21-10 victory at Michigan clinched the conference title outright. That marks the fifth season in a row that the Buckeyes have earned a Big Ten title, and the 34th Big Ten football title overall (18th outright) for Ohio State. The most consecutive Big Ten titles by Ohio State is six, from 1972-77.

The present exclusive agreement among the Tournament of Roses Association, the Big Ten Conference and the Pacific-10 Conference was born in 1946. The pact is the oldest intercollegiate post-season bowl agreement between two major conferences in the United States. Unless teams are ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation (to which they would then play in the national championship game), the Rose Bowl Game features the champion of the Big Ten Conference versus the champion of the Pacific-10 Conference.

The Rose Bowl Game Trophy, also known as the Leishman Trophy, is named after 1920 Tournament of Roses President William L. Leishman, who was responsible for the construction of the Rose Bowl Stadium and his son, 1939 Tournament of Roses President Lathrop K. Leishman, who was instrumental in helping establish the Rose Bowl Game as the Granddaddy of Them All. Tiffany & Co. has designed and crafted the Rose Bowl Game Trophy. It is comprised of nearly 16 pounds of sterling silver, stands nearly 21 inches tall and takes approximately two weeks to complete.

In 1953, the Rose Bowl Player of the Game Award was created to recognize the individual whose performance embodied grit, power, finesse and determination and led to a significant difference in the outcome of the game. The Rose Bowl Game polls the media representatives covering the game to make the selection. The Rose Bowl Game recognizes two Players of the Game – an offensive and defensive player. The recipients of this award also receive a spectacular crystal trophy created in cooperation with Tiffany & Co. featuring an etched replica of the Rose Bowl championship trophy.

Ohio State is 130-104-12 all-time when facing a ranked opponent, and 40-41-7 on the road against ranked teams. Under Coach Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes are 36-13 overall and 12-6 on the road against ranked teams.

The Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time against Oregon, having last played in 1987. The first meeting was the 1958 Rose Bowl where No. 2 Ohio State edged the Ducks, 10-7. The last meeting was in 1987, a 24-14 Ohio State victory in Columbus in the second game of the season and the final season under former head coach Earle Bruce.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor