The 102nd Rose Bowl Game matches the Big Ten Conference West Division champions Iowa Hawkeyes against the Pac-12 Conference champions Stanford Cardinal on January 1, 2016 at the Rose Bowl stadium in beautiful Pasadena, California.
But first, ROSES. The Rose Bowl takes its name and bowl-shaped design from the Yale Bowl, where architect Myron Hunt had fond memories and wanted the word "bowl" associated with the stadium he designed. Hunt was a dreamer who had a vision to build a stadium inspired by ancient Greek and Roman structures and set in the Arroyo Seco of Pasadena, CA. He was supported by business man W.L. Leishman, and contractor William Taylor. Hunt, Leishman, and Taylor, were the three main minds behind the planning and building of the Rose Bowl, all of whom were members of the Tournament of Roses, therefore, the "Tournament of Roses Bowl" became the "Rose Bowl." (source: City of Pasadena).
The Rose Bowl stadium was the first site for post-season college football games, hosting its first game in 1902. The Rose Parade began as a promotional effort with mid-winter holiday games, enjoyed under the warm California sun. The parade includes flower-covered floats, marching bands, and equestrian units. Post parade, the college football takes center field.
The Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes are meeting for the first time at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The teams’ were selected by the football committee of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association based on the final rankings of the college football season.
The Stanford Cardinals are playing their 15th Rose Bowl game, by leading 8-1 and winning the 2015 Pac-12 Football Championship Game over USC 41–22.
The Big Ten West Division Champions, the Iowa Hawkeyes, are back in the Rose Bowl after 25 years. Their last win in Pasadena was against the California Bears, 38–12 in the 1959 Rose Bowl. This season, the team has won all games except the lone loss to Michigan State 13–16 in the Big Ten Championship Game. It's going to be quite the match-up. For Iowa, it's a once-in-a-generation trip in which they haven't played in the Rose Bowl since Jan. 1, 1991.
Iowa has played football since 1889 and Stanford since 1892, but this is the first meeting between the teams. "This is an incredible opportunity to play the No. 6 team in the nation, a conference champion," said Iowa receiver Matt VandeBerg.
"Obviously, a lot of us were hoping to make it to the College Football Playoff, but you can't beat this. It's going to be a fun show." Stanford senior linebacker Blake Martinez commented.
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