Top 5 greatest Rose Bowl games in college football history
2. 1963 Rose Bowl: No. 1 USC 42, No. 2 Wisconsin 37
The 1963 Rose Bowl became the first matchup between a No. 1 versus No. 2 team in College Football bowl history. USC, the champions of the AAWU (Athletic Association of Western Universities), came in with an unblemished 11-0 record under coach John McKay and the play of quarterback Pete Beathard. The Wisconsin Badgers entered the game with an 8-1 record and outright champions of the Big Ten, led by quarterback Ron Vander Kelen and tight end Pat Richter.
This game was a record-setting day in the history of the Rose Bowl as 11 records were set, mostly passing records. USC appeared to have a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter, until Vander Kelen led the Badgers on a furious comeback, scoring 23 unanswered points, but still falling short of the Trojans by a final score of 42-37.
This game showed that having No. 1 and No. 2 play each other in a bowl game can bring exciting results, and the following year, the Cotton Bowl hosted the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country.