Penn State will be the Big Ten representative in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, facing Pac-12 champion Utah.
With Big Ten champion Michigan being selected for the College Football Playoff, the Tournament of Roses traditionally selects the next-highest CFP-ranked team from that conference that is available. With fourth-ranked Ohio State also being selected for the playoff, that left the Nittany Lions as the only other Big Ten team in the College Football Playoff rankings available for selection.
The selection decision is made by the Tournament of Roses in conjunction with the Big Ten and Pac-12.
The Utes (10-3) earned their second consecutive Rose Bowl berth with a 47-24 victory over USC in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game Friday. Utah lost to Ohio State, 48-45, on Jan. 1, 2022.
Penn State (10-2) will be playing in the Rose Bowl Game for the fifth time and first time since Jan. 2, 2017, when it lost to USC, 52-49.
The Utes were seventh in The Associated Press poll released on Sunday. The Nittany Lions were ranked ninth.
Penn State has won four consecutive games. Its losses were to Ohio State and Michigan.
The game will be the first meeting between Utah and Penn State.
Because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, the game will be played one day later than usual because of the Tournament of Roses Association’s “Never on Sunday” rule.
Ticket information is available at rosebowlgame.com/sports/2021/10/6/tickets-vip-packages.