Football teams arrive in Southland for Rose Bowl game

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While Angelenos unwrapped presents and celebrated Christmas, the Ohio State and Washington football teams arrived in the Southland ahead of the 105th Rose Bowl. Both teams are set to face off in the New Year’s Day game.

The teams will visit Disney California Adventure Park on Wednesday.

Ohio State will participate in the annual Lawry’s Beef Bowl pre-Rose Bowl dinners in Beverly Hills on Thursday, while Washington does the same on Friday. The teams will practice at StubHub Center in Carson. Practices are closed to the public.

Tickets for the Rose Bowl are available via Primesport.com, the game’s official ticket exchange, and are priced between $146 and $800.

Approximately 30,000 to 35,000 Washington fans are expected to come to Southern California for the game, according to Jeff Bechthold, Washington’s assistant athletic director for athletic communications. The Huskies sold out their allotment of 27,000 tickets in about two days, Bechthold said.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes sold out their ticket allotment of approximately 22,000, said Jerry Emig, an associate director of communications for Ohio State’s athletic department.

Ohio State will be making its 15th Rose Bowl appearance and first since the 2009 season, when it defeated Oregon, 26-17, evening its Rose Bowl record at 7-7.

The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Conference championship in 2014 but did not play in the Rose Bowl as they were selected for the College Football Playoff and won the national championship. Ohio State also won the Big Ten championship in 2017, a season when the Rose Bowl was a playoff semifinal. Instead, the Buckeyes played in the Cotton Bowl, defeating USC, 24-7.

Washington will be playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 2000 season. The Huskies will also be playing in their 15th Rose Bowl, tying Ohio State and Stanford for third on the all-time list behind USC, which has made 34 appearances, and Michigan, which has made 20.

Washington improved to 7-6-1 in the Rose Bowl with a 34-24 victory over Purdue in its most recent appearance on New Year’s Day, in 2001.

The Huskies would have played in the Rose Bowl for the 2016 season as the Pac-12 Conference champion, but were selected for the playoff, losing to Alabama, 24-7 in a semifinal.

This will be the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Washington in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State leads the series 8-3, including a 33-14 victory in the most recent game in 2007.

This article contains reporting from City News Service.

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