The world at large is slowly starting to wake from its self-imposed slumber. Nations, states, cities, and towns everywhere are beginning their attempts at resuming life – whatever that may look like in a pre-vaccine COVID-19 world. For sports leagues around the globe, plans are already in place or currently being hammered out to resume competition. While details are still being discussed, negotiations are still being had, and logistical challenges are being addressed, we at The Turf are continuing our “Filling the Void” series. Since mid-March, we’ve been looking back on remarkable, historic, inspiring and noteworthy sports stories of days gone by.
While the NCAA has undergone numerous facelifts to its bowl season over the years, the Rose Bowl has endured. It’s been a benchmark event for college football for over 100 years. The Rose Bowl game is the oldest currently operating bowl game. Today’s installment takes us back to Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day of 2018. The 104th Rose Bowl game would see #2 ranked Oklahoma Sooners take on #3 Georgia Bulldogs.
First Time Combatants
When you talk about college football, both of these schools are usually a big part of the conversation. They are among the more storied programs in NCAA history, littered with National as well as Conference Championships. They’re both regulars in bowl games year after year. Each program has had Heisman Trophy winners (7 for Oklahoma, 2 for Georgia) and countless student-athletes have made the jump to the NFL. For all the lore surrounding these schools, they’ve never squared off against each other – until this game.
Offense, Offense, and more Offense
If you like high scoring affairs, this game is for you. It edged out the 2017 game (Penn State vs. USC) by one point to become the highest scoring Rose Bowl Game in history. It is a see-saw battle from the opening whistle all the way through the second OT. The 2018 game has cemented its place in Rose Bowl history. Enjoy!