The 2014 Rose Bowl is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. I features two teams who are nearly mirror images of each other and present a match-up worthy of the Grand Daddy of them all.
Well today Grand Dad turns 100 and over the past century the Rose Bowl game has provided college football fans with some great memories.
Some memories are more recent than others.
Stanford will be returning to the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive year. Last year The Cardinal beat Wisconsin 20-14.
This is also the second Rose Bowl for Stanford QB Kevin Hogan who, despite having a challenging year, has led his team to a second consecutive PAC-12 Championship.
For Michigan State, Rose Bowl memories are nearly a quarter century old. Not since 1988 has Michigan State represented the Big Ten in the annual battle for the Roses. That year the Spartans defeated USC 20-17.
Tale Of Two Quarterbacks
Stanford and Michigan State have similar styles of play. Both teams have crushing defenses and offenses that can be inconsistent at times. The differences on offense can be found in the quarterback position. The winner of the game will be the team that gets the most out of their signal caller.
Spartan QB Connor Cook wasn’t named the starter until week 5 of the 2013 season. Since being named starter he has become increasingly effective. Cook saved his best game of the year for the Big Ten Championship. He passed for 304 yards and 3 TD’s en route to winning the games Most Valuable Player and never seemed to shrink in the spotlight.
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is a second year starter. Although he has had an up and down season he was there for his team when it counted and had a standout game in the PAC-12 Championship.
Michigan State cornerback Daqueze Denard has respect for the Cardinal passing attack and recently told ESPN, ”I think [Stanford's] passing game is a little underrated”
2014 Rose Bowl Michigan State Spartans V Stanford Cardinal Game Information
Where: Pasadena, California
Start Time: 5:10 pm