PASADENA, Ca. (WHTM) — In one of the biggest New Year’s Six bowl game clashes this season, No. 11 Penn State will square off against No. 8 Utah in the 109th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Monday (Jan. 2).
How To Watch The Rose Bowl
The 109th Rose Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN with kickoff slated for 5:00 p.m. (EST). Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Holly Rowe will be on the television broadcast. Pregame coverage will begin an hour prior to kickoff at 4:00 p.m. (EST).
The Rose Bowl will also be available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.
Prior to the game, ABC will stream the 134th Rose Bowl parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. (EST).
The 109th edition of the Granddaddy of Them All is the last that’s guaranteed to feature the game’s time-honored pairing of Pac-12 and Big Ten teams. The game’s status as a College Football Playoff semifinal next season and the expanded playoff in 2024 has put the future in flux for the sport’s oldest active bowl game.
“If indeed this does become the last traditionally slotted Rose Bowl, it’s a great honor to be a part of that, and we want to do it proud,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.
For such a tradition-rich sporting event, this uncertainty is unusual — but not actually unprecedented, as pointed out by Laura Farber, the chair of the Rose Bowl Management Committee.
While the Rose Bowl is a national New Year’s Day institution, kicked off by the famed Rose Parade and continuing to the 2 p.m. kickoff that leads to those famous sunsets, the big game has been played on days other than Jan. 1 — including this year because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday — and featured all sorts of geographical matchups over the decades, particularly in its first half-century of existence when Ivy League squads and Southern powers often made the trip.
The Associated Press contributed to this report