After Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl, which is the college playoffs we move on to the Rose Bowl. We have the 6th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes taking on the 9th ranked Washington Huskies. Ohio State beat Northwestern to claim yet another Big Ten Championship. Dwayne Haskins catapulted himself into the Heisman race, finishing 3rd and became one of the better QBs in the country. The big news from Ohio State is the impending retirement of Urban Meyer as this is his last game. The knock on Ohio State for most of the year is the lack of defense, but they improved those last two games.After a disastrous game against Maryland, the Buckeyes proved to be a championship team especially the Michigan game. Will the Ohio State defense show up against a really good Huskies offense? Will Haskins be able to move the ball against the tough Washington defense?
The Washington Huskies started the season as one of the teams to look out for. Many people thought they’d return to the playoffs, but they had a couple of mishaps this year. They still had a phenomenal season as they finished on a 4-game winning streak. Washington stopped the possible playoff run of their in-state rival, the Washington State Cougars in the snow on the road. In the Pac-12 Championship, they beat the Utah Utes for the second time. They held the Utes to only 10 points in those two games combined. The Washington Huskies have one of the better defenses in the country as they proved those final two games. Will they have enough to control the high-powered offense of the Buckeyes? How will they fare against the Heisman finalist in Haskins? Can Jake Browning carve up the vulnerable Buckeyes defense?
This should be a good game between these two teams. With this being the final game for Urban Meyer, the Ohio State Buckeyes will want to send him out with a victory. I’m going with Ohio State to win in a close game.
Ohio State Win 34-24