Stanford, Sparty Smelling Roses
Editor's note: The following article, dated Dec. 8, served as the initial announcement of Stanford's selection to the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The article contains ticket information which is no longer valid. All tickets are sold out.
STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford will take on Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO at 1:30 p.m. PT Jan. 1, 2014, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif..
Tickets for the game are in high demand, and Stanford’s season ticket holders will receive priority access. The only way for non-season ticket holders to guarantee purchase of Rose Bowl Game tickets is to place a deposit for 2014 Stanford season tickets. The ticket office is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. all week at 1-800-STANFORD. Season ticket deposits can also be made online at Bowl Central.
“The Tournament of Roses is pleased to once again host the champions of our partner conferences, Michigan State University and Stanford University to play in this historic edition of The Granddaddy of Them All,” Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins said. “We are excited for a terrific matchup between two of the top teams in the country which honors our long-standing partnership with the Big Ten and Pac-12.”
Stanford (11-2, 7-2 Pac-12), ranked fifth in the latest BCS standings, earned the automatic bid following a convincing 38-14 victory at Arizona State in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Saturday. Stanford is making its fourth consecutive BCS bowl appearance, and the Cardinal is one of just five programs to have accomplished that feat.
Michigan State enters the game ranked fourth by the BCS and finished the regular season with a 12-1 overall record (8-0 Big Ten). The Spartans earned the Big Ten Conference’s BCS automatic bid after defeating Ohio State in the Big Ten Football Championship Game, 34-24. The Spartans return to the Rose Bowl Game for their fifth appearance all-time; the last taking place in 1988. Michigan State is 3-1 overall in its Rose Bowl Game appearances.
Now in its 14th appearance all-time in the Rose Bowl Game, Stanford returns to Pasadena for a second straight season, its first back-to-back trip since 1970-71.
The 100th Rose Bowl Game will mark the sixth meeting all-time between the Spartans and Cardinal. Michigan State leads the series, 3-2. This is the first Rose Bowl Game matchup between these teams.
Pre-game festivities will begin Jan. 1 and include a musical performance of the Star-Spangled Banner by Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, as well as the official coin toss by 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshal Vin Scully. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox calling the action.