The conclusion of a successful college football season involves a trip to a college football bowl game. A trip to a bowl game also means a traditional visit to the Disneyland Resort. For Utah and Penn State players, this happened Dec. 28, 2022.
By Jon Self
This season, the University of Utah, ranked eighth, and Penn State University, ranked 11, earned a spot in the 2023 Rose Bowl Game to be played on January 2, 2023. The Rose Bowl functions as the oldest college football bowl game.
Before competing in the 2023 Rose Bowl, the college football teams met for their first official pre-game appearance at Disneyland Resort. This also marks the only event that both teams will have together before the game promoting the 2023 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
The central aspect of their visit involved a cavalcade down Main Street U.S.A. This cavalcade featured the two college football team’s head coaches and select players from both teams. In addition, the 2023 Rose Queen, Bella Adler, the Royal Court, and the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band participated in this cavalcade.
Also, a press conference was held in the historic Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. Both coaches, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke. Utah players quarterback Cameron Rising, wide receiver Devaughn Vele, safety R.J. Hubert and defensive tackle Devin Kaufusi participated in the press conference. For Penn State, the players that participated in the press conference were tight end, Benton Strange, long snapper Chris Stoll, linebacker Jonathan Sutherland and defensive end Nick Tarburton.
The 2023 Rose Bowl Game will be broadcast nationally on Jan. 2, 2023 with pre-game festivities beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 pm Pacific Time) on ESPN. As the Rose Bowl is often called, the “Granddaddy of them all” will be Utah’s second straight appearance. At the same time, Penn State will compete in its fifth Rose Bowl. This game will be the first meeting of these two college teams playing each other.