2015 Rose Bowl
The 2015 Rose Bowl (officially known as the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual) was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. This 101st Rose Bowl Game, as a semifinal for the College Football Playoff (CFP), matched the Oregon Ducks against the Florida State Seminoles as selected by the system's selection committee to compete for a spot at the National Championship game to be played on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season.
|2015 Rose Bowl|
101st Rose Bowl Game
|Date||January 1, 2015|
|MVP||Offense: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota|
Defense: Oregon LB Tony Washington
|Favorite||Oregon by 8|
|Referee||Matt Austin (SEC)|
|Halftime show||Bands from participants|
|Payout||US$23.9 million per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Announcers||Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi (ESPN) |
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Todd McShay (ESPN Radio)
|Nielsen ratings||14.8 (28.2 million viewers)|
The game was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, with the kickoff time set for 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time). The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association organized the game. The Northwestern Mutual financial services organization sponsored the game.
Oregon won the game, beating Florida State, the last undefeated team of the season, by the score of 59–20 and advanced to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, assuring that no team would finish the season with a perfect record.
After the teams' arrival in Southern California, the teams participated in the traditional Lawry's Beef Bowl in Beverly Hills and the Disney Media Day at Disney California Adventure in nearby Anaheim. The teams were also treated to The LA Improv in Hollywood. The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony luncheon was held prior to the game at the Pasadena Convention Center. Knute Rockne, Notre Dame; Dick Vermeil, UCLA; and Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State headlined the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Pre-game activities were held at the Rose Bowl parking lots and at Brookside Golf Course.
The two participants were announced on December 7, 2014 (12:45 PM ET), based on the final rankings by the CFP committee. The Oregon Ducks will play the Florida State Seminoles. The matchups for the Rose Bowl and the other semifinal, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, were geographically selected to ensure the top team will be closest to its fanbase. More than one team from the same conference may participate in the game, and avoiding rematches will not be a selection factor.
Traditionally, the Rose Bowl pits the winners of the Big Ten Conference and Pac-12 Conference; however, when the Rose Bowl is a CFP semifinal (every three years beginning with this game), any teams may be selected. Oregon was the Pac-12 champion, but the Big Ten champion Ohio State played in (and won) the Sugar Bowl. The 2015 edition of the Rose Bowl was the first time since the 2006 edition (BCS National Championship Game) that the Big Ten Conference was absent from the game. It was also the first ever time in the 101 year history of the Rose Bowl that the Atlantic Coast Conference made an appearance in the game. Duke did appear in 1942, however, the ACC never was established until 1953. Also, while Miami competed and won the 2002 game, which was also a BCS National Championship Game. However, Miami was still a member of the original Big East Conference.
Florida State wore its white jerseys and used the east bench on game day.
Oregon wore its green jerseys and used the west bench on game day.
|Time of possession||27:17||32:43|
Oregon broke the record for the most points (59) scored in a Rose Bowl, surpassing the previous record of 49 (set in 1902, then tied in 1948 and 2008). Oregon's 41 points in the second half were also the most ever scored in one half of a Rose Bowl. Oregon set the Rose Bowl record for total offensive yards (639).
- Two floats sponsored by Northwestern Mutual were built to honor the Rose Bowl and the NCAA "Inspiring Potential".
- On May 14, 2014, Northwestern Mutual signed an agreement to be the presenting sponsor of the game from 2015 through 2020.
- Tickets cost $225 per seat, while end zone seats cost $150. The total ticket allotment for both teams is approximately 25,000.
- The game featured both the 2013 and 2014 Heisman Trophy winners; for 2013: FSU quarterback Jameis Winston and for 2014: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. This was only the third such meeting. Both quarterbacks would later be selected with the first and second overall picks in the 2015 NFL draft by the Buccaneers and Titans, respectively, and met in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL regular season with Mariota's Titans winning 42-14.
- Oregon's victory ended FSU's school-record winning streak at 29 games dating back to late in the 2012 season.
- This was the first meeting between these two teams.
- June 28, 2014 – Northwestern Mutual Youth Clinic
- December 7, 2014 – Selection Sunday
- December 27, 28, 29, 2014 – Float Decorating & Viewing Event for Rose Parade 2015
- December 28, 29, 2014 – Lawry's Beef Bowl
- December 29, 2014 – Equestfest powered by Wells Fargo
- December 29, 30, 2014 – Bandfest powered by REMO
- December 30, 2014 – The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, noon at the Pasadena Convention Center
- December 31, 2014 – Kickoff Luncheon in Rose Bowl Area
- January 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Parties
- January 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl 2015 VIP Hospitality Event
- Gold, Jason (January 1, 2015). "Marcus Mariota 1 Victory Away from Perfect College Football Legacy". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- "Ducks win playoff semifinal in dominating fashion". lindyssports.com. January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- "College Football Lines, NCAA College Football Lines At Bovada Online Sportsbook". Bovada. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014.
- Stats, StatBroadcast®
- Media Guide, Tournament of Roses Association, December 2013
- Paul Myerberg, Northwestern Mutual to sponsor Rose Bowl, USA Today, May 14, 2014
- "College Football Playoff" Will Be Name of New Event Archived 2014-01-13 at the Wayback Machine, College Football Playoff, April 23, 2013
- Rose Parade 2015 - 126th Rose Parade presented by HONDA Archived 2014-12-14 at the Wayback Machine
- Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Tournament of Roses Association, August 26, 2014
- Kelley, Kevin (August 14, 2014). "College Football Playoff Protocol Released", FBSchedules.com. Retrieved August 17, 2014. "The team ranked No. 1 by the selection committee will play team No. 4 in the semifinals. Team No. 2 will meet team No. 3.... When assigning teams to sites, the committee will place the top two seeds at the most advantageous sites, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for its fans, home-crowd advantage or disadvantage and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium. Preference will go to the No. 1 seed."
- Wolken, Dan (April 25, 2013). "Questions and answers for the College Football Playoff". USA Today. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
The selection committee's goal will be to protect the top two seeds from playing in road environments in semifinal games. For instance, if Southern Cal was the No. 1 seed and LSU was the No. 4 in 2014, that semifinal could be played in the Rose Bowl but not the Sugar Bowl.
- College Football Playoff Selection Committee Fact Sheet Archived 2013-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, College Football Playoff, October 15, 2013
- All Events, Tournament of Roses Association, July 25, 2013
- Float Decorating & Viewing Event : 2015 Rose Parade
- Rose Bowl 2015 VIP Hospitality Event