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Rose Bowl matchups: Stanford v MSU in centennial, Florida v Auburn in BCS

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It was no surprise after Saturday’s championship games which teams won slots in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game. In an announcement that was nothing if not anti-climactic Sunday evening, Libby Wright, chair of the Rose Bowl Management Committee, officially invited the Stanford Cardinal and Michigan State Spartans to meet in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1.

Also announced on Sunday was the BCS Championship Game opponents, Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers. The two will meet in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6, 2014 for the 16th and final BCS game.

“There is no doubt that these games are really going to be gridiron battles for both games,” Wright said.

After wins in Saturday’s games, Stanford and Michigan State were already a lock to represent the Pac-12 and Big Ten at The Granddaddy of Them All, and had been named by the media on Saturday evening and formally announced on ESPN’s BCS Championship program minutes before the live press conference began at Tournament House. In Saturday’s play, Stanford beat Arizona State University, 38-14 to take the Pac-12 title and MSU defeated Ohio State, 34-24 in the Big Ten championship.

A first-time addition to the Rose Bowl Game is a trio of professional singers “with a special performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” The three, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, star in the film profiling backup singers, 20 Feet from Stardom. Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend will open the BCS game.

For ticket information, read “How to get tickets for the 2014 Rose Bowl Game.”

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