- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

No. 5 Iowa (12-1, Big Ten) vs. No. 6 Stanford (11-2, Pac-12), Jan. 1, 5 p.m. EST

LOCATION: Pasadena, Calif.

TOP PLAYERS

Iowa: QB C.J. Beathard hadn’t lost a start in his career before the Big Ten title game, and he’s the steady leader of a powerful offense after compiling 2,570 yards passing and 15 TD throws against just four interceptions.

Stanford: RB Christian McCaffrey has already broken Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record, racking up 3,496 yards to earn strong Heisman Trophy consideration.

NOTABLE

Iowa: Coach Kirk Ferentz has made 13 bowl games in the last 15 seasons, but he had never made the Rose Bowl. … A 13th victory would extend the program’s single-season record. … Lost Big Ten title game to Michigan State on a late touchdown, keeping Hawkeyes out of College Football Playoff.

Stanford: Rebounded from a season-opening loss to Northwestern to win the Pac-12 championship for the third time in four years, beating USC in the title game. … Starting QB Kevin Hogan is among the Cardinal playing in the third Rose Bowl of their careers … Seventh straight bowl appearance, a school record.

LAST TIME

First meeting.

BOWL HISTORY

Iowa: First Rose Bowl appearance since 1990 season and sixth overall.

Stanford: Third Rose Bowl appearance in four years and 15th in school history.

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AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org

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