The Rose Bowl 2016 Game, Presented by Northwestern Mutual takes place Friday, Jan. 1, as the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal meets the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
2016 Rose Bowl Game Details:
Kickoff time: 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern
Records: Iowa is 12-1, Stanford is 11-2
Odds: Stanford -6; Over/under 53.5.
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WHAT’S AT STAKE
The 102nd edition of the Granddaddy of Them All matches the two schools that barely missed out on the College Football Playoff. Iowa hasn’t been to the Rose Bowl in 25 years, while Stanford is in Pasadena for the third time in four postseasons.
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey vs. Iowa LBs Josey Jewell and Cole Fisher. The Heisman Trophy finalist was Stanford’s leading rusher and receiver while gaining more total yards in a single season than anybody in college football history. The task of slowing down McCaffrey will fall heavily on Jewell and Fisher, the top two tacklers on an Iowa defense yielding just 114.9 yards rushing per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stanford: LB Blake Martinez. The Pac-12’s leading tackler is the foundation of the Cardinal’s defense. Although this is his third Rose Bowl, he is eager to go out with a game to remember after making just one tackle in his first two appearances.
Iowa: QB C.J. Beathard. His perfect record as a starter ended in the Big Ten title game, but the resilient junior with just one interception since mid-October has a chance at more history in Pasadena. From Chuck Long to Ricky Stanzi, no Hawkeyes quarterback has won the Rose Bowl since Heisman Trophy runner-up Randy Duncan in 1959.
FACTS & FIGURES
Stanford’s Kevin Hogan will be the third quarterback to start three Rose Bowls, joining Ohio State’s Cornelius Greene (1974-1976) and Michigan’s Rick Leach (1977-1979). Hogan won the 2013 meeting with Wisconsin, but is still stung by the Cardinal’s 2014 loss to Michigan State. … Iowa is in the Rose Bowl for the sixth time, while Stanford is making its 15th appearance. … The Hawkeyes’ 12 wins are already a program record after their first undefeated regular season since 1922. … The Hawkeyes “defeated” the Cardinal in the annual Lawry’s Beef Bowl team dinner event at the famed Beverly Hills restaurant, eating 612 pounds of prime rib to Stanford’s 504. The Cardinal also lost the Beef Bowl in 2013 and 2014. … Stanford has given up just 146.9 yards rushing per game, but Iowa racked up 192 yards per game and 35 touchdowns on the ground with its four quality tailbacks this season. Rose Bowl 2016.