Ohio State’s No.6 football set to play Utah at Rose Bowl

Ohio State will learn of his fate at the bowl on Sunday afternoon, and it will almost certainly be a trip to the Rose Bowl to play the Utah Pac-12 champion.

Michigan’s 42-3 win over Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night secured the Wolverines’ place in the college football playoff semifinals at the Cotton Bowl or the Orange Bowl. If Iowa had upset the Wolverines, Michigan probably would have gone to the Rose Bowl.

Laura Farber, chair of the Rose Bowl management committee, told The Dispatch this week that if Michigan does the CFP, the Rose Bowl would likely pick the highest-ranked team from the Big Ten. That would be Ohio State (10-2), which is No. 6 in the final CFP standings. The Buckeyes passed Oklahoma state and stayed ahead of Baylor after the Bears won over the Cowboys in the Big 12 title game on Saturday.

Utah (10-3) won the Pac-12 Championship Friday night by beating Oregon 38-10, their second lopsided victory over the Ducks in three weeks. Oregon defeated Ohio State in Columbus on September 11 by a final score of 35-28.

Utah has never been to the Rose Bowl. The Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2011.

Ohio State has played in 15 Rose Bowls. The Buckeyes were last there three years ago, beating Washington 28-23 in Urban Meyer’s final as OSU coach.

Ohio State and Utah have only played once. The Buckeyes won 64-6 on September 27, 1986 in Columbus.

College football qualifying semi-finalists will be announced at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, and Cincinnati are virtual locks to choose from.

The remaining pairs of New Year’s bowls will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Bill Rabinowitz covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @brdispatch.

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