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Friday, December 4, 2009
Some (very early) Rose Bowl thoughts

By Adam Rittenberg

The matchup is set for the 96th Rose Bowl Game (presented by Citi), as Ohio State knows it will be facing Oregon on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. It's Ducks vs. Bucks in The Granddaddy of Them All.

We have nearly four weeks to break down the matchup, but you can never start early enough.

Series: Ohio State leads 7-0. The teams last met in 1987, when Ohio State claimed a 24-14 win in Columbus. Ohio State and Oregon met in the 1958 Rose Bowl, with the Buckeyes winning 10-7.

Rose Bowl history: Ohio State will be making its 13th Rose Bowl appearance (6-7 record) but its first since 1997, when it beat Arizona State. Oregon will make its fourth Rose Bowl appearance (1-3 record) and its first since 1995, when it lost to Penn State.

Bowl records: Ohio State is 18-22 in bowls and has dropped three straight. Oregon is 9-13 in bowls and has won back-to-back games.

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