Florida State to ring in the New Year at the Rose Bowl Game
The Florida State football team will compete in the inaugural College Football Playoff when the Seminoles face the Oregon Ducks in the 101st Rose Bowl Game — "the Granddaddy of Them All" — on New Year's Day.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Thursday, Jan. 1, at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The winner earns a spot in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, which will take place Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Florida State (13-0, 8-0 ACC) is seeded No. 3 in the four-team College Football Playoff after capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles also are riding an ACC-record 29-game winning streak into the game.
Oregon (12-1, 8-1 Pac-12) defeated Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference Championship to earn the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. The Ducks will play in the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since 2011 and seventh time in program history.
The Seminoles are recent visitors to Rose Bowl Stadium having won last season's BCS National Championship Game against Auburn at the historic venue. However, it will be the first time in program history Florida State will play at the stadium in the Rose Bowl Game.
President John Thrasher and Oregon's Interim President Scott Coltrane have placed a friendly wager on the game, which will be the first-ever meeting between the Ducks and the Seminoles. If FSU wins, Coltrane will send Thrasher a sampling of local wine. If Oregon prevails, Thrasher will send Coltrane a box of oranges from the Sunshine State.
The Rose Bowl Game has also brought together two university families affected by Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder. Jimbo and Candi Fisher's son Ethan has been diagnosed with the disease, and Oregon President Emeritus Dave Frohnmayer and his wife, Lynn, have a daughter, Amy, with Fanconi anemia and lost two other children to the disease. Thrasher and Coltrane have each pledged to make a personal donation to the Fanconi anemia organization connected to the other's university to support research and awareness of the disease (www.kidz1stfund.com and www.fanconi.org).
"This Rose Bowl Game has connected Florida State University and the University of Oregon in a deeper way beyond an athletic contest," said President John Thrasher. "Fanconi anemia has affected both of our university families. If we pull together to support research, the Seminoles and the Ducks can play a role in raising awareness and hopefully scoring a victory against this rare but devastating disease."
Before the football game, Florida State's Marching Chiefs will make their first-ever appearance in the internationally recognized Rose Parade at 11 a.m. ET New Year's Day. The Marching Chiefs will entertain parade watchers with FSU fight songs during the five-and-a-half mile route through the hills of Pasadena. The parade will be telecast live on ABC.Fans who cannot make it to Pasadena for the game can join fellow FSU supporters at game-watching parties hosted by their local Seminole Club chapters. For more information, visit alumni.fsu.edu/gamewatching.
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