Update: The 106th edition of the Rose Bowl Game between Big Ten Conference runner-up Wisconsin and Pac-21 champion Oregon ended with an Oregonian victory, who scored 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter in a 45-38 victory.
“The Granddaddy of Them All” is set to take place on New Year’s Day when the Wisconsin Badgers out of the Big Ten Conference take on the Oregon Ducks out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Rose Bowl will kick off at 5 pm ET on New Year’s Day and will once again be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. There is always plenty of hype and anticipation surrounding this game, so let’s make some Rose Bowl betting predictions.
Oregon was the Pac-12 champion this season, and it should have a lot of momentum. The Ducks finished the regular season with an 11-2 record.
Wisconsin finished off the regular season at 10-3 after a loss in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Rose Bowl betting spread has the Wisconsin Badgers as 2.5-point favorites over the Oregon Ducks.
Rose Bowl Picks
Let’s look at each team in this matchup before delivering our Rose Bowl betting predictions and pick.
Two of the Badgers’ three losses this season are to Ohio State and their defense let them down in those games. Wisconsin still managed to give up just 16.1 points per game this season, and they have a terrific defensive line.
The Badgers also have one of the best running backs in the country in future NFL star, Jonathan Taylor. The junior ran for over 1,900 yards during the regular season, and he has had a historic career in a Wisconsin uniform.
Oregon has been slightly better than Wisconsin on defense, allowing just 15.7 points per game. The Ducks have plenty of speed and athleticism on that side of the ball, but they must find a way to slow down Taylor.
Quarterback Justin Herbert has had a bit of a down year, but he still threw for over 3,300 yards this season. Oregon will try to speed this game up and utilize its advantage in athleticism and quickness.
Rose Bowl Betting Prediction and Pick: Both teams are going to try to dominate the line of scrimmage, but Wisconsin is a little better in that area. Throw in the fact that Wisconsin has Taylor at running back, and that gives it the edge. Bet the Wisconsin Badgers -2.5 over the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl.
Rose Bowl History and Facts
The Rose Bowl was first played in 1902, but it has been played annually since 1916. The historic Rose Parade kicks off this event each year, and the game is always played on Jan. 1 or 2.
The Rose Bowl traditionally draws over 90,000 fans each year, making it the highest attended bowl game each season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are represented in the Rose Bowl each year unless the game is part of the College Football Playoff. The annual payout is $35 million for each conference that is represented.
USC has made the most Rose Bowl appearances with 34, and it has gone an impressive 25-9 in those appearances. Ohio State knocked off Washington by a score of 28-23 in the 2019 Rose Bowl Game to give the Big Ten Conference another victory.
Oregon’s 59 points against Florida State in 2015 is the record for most points scored by a single team in Rose Bowl history.