The 100th Rose Bowl Game
No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (12-1/8-0 Big Ten Conference; earned Big Ten automatic bid) vs. No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (11-2/7-2 Pac-12 Conference; earned Pac-12 automatic bid)
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 5 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.
Michigan State leads, 3-2. Stanford won the last meeting, 38-0, in the 1996 Sun Bowl.
They won't wear leather helmets in the 100th installment of the Rose Bowl, but Michigan State and Stanford promise to take the Granddaddy of 'Em All back to its roots in a smashmouth matchup of old-school sensibilities.
Michigan State upset the balance of the entire BCS landscape with its dominating 34-24 win over previously second-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. In spoiling the Buckeyes' national championship aspirations, the Spartans booked their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1987.
For Stanford, the 2014 Rose Bowl is the program's second in as many years, marking its first back-to-back trips to Pasadena since 1970 and 1971.
MICHIGAN STATE AND STANFORD have the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 rush defenses and the No. 4 and No. 10 scoring defenses. The offense that can muster any big play could stake its claim to history in college football's oldest bowl game.