ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team officially accepted an invitation tonight (Sunday, Dec. 7) to participate in the 90th Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day. The fourth-ranked Wolverines (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will face Pacific-10 Conference champion and No. 1-ranked Southern California (11-1, 7-1 Pac-10) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
This will be the 19th time that Michigan faces the nation's top-ranked team. The last time that the Wolverines faced the No. 1-ranked team was Sept. 28, 1991, a 51-31 loss to Florida State at Michigan Stadium. The only previous matchup with a No. 1 team in a bowl game came in a 24-17 loss to Brigham Young in the 1984 Holiday Bowl (Dec. 21, 1984).
U-M will participate in its 18th Rose Bowl game, the most of any Big Ten school and second only to the Trojans (29th) in all-time appearances in the "Granddaddy of all Bowl Games." The Wolverines have compiled an 8-9 overall record in Rose Bowl games but have claimed victories in their past two trips to Pasadena on New Year's Day. Head coach Lloyd Carr will participate in his ninth Rose Bowl game as a member of Michigan's staff and his second game as head coach.
Michigan's last appearance in the Rose Bowl game was the 1998 game, a 21-16 victory by the Wolverines over No. 7 Washington State that clinched the 1997 Associated Press national title.
The Wolverines' only previous appearance in a BCS bowl game was the 2000 Orange Bowl. U-M earned an at-large berth into the 2000 Orange Bowl as the co-Big Ten champion. Michigan defeated No. 5 Alabama by a 35-34 score in overtime.
U-M will be playing its eighth consecutive New Year's Day bowl game during Carr's nine-year tenure and will be looking for its sixth Jan. 1 bowl game victory in the last seven tries. The Wolverines are making their 29th consecutive bowl appearance and 34th overall, and are second only to Nebraska in consecutive bowl appearances.
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