Coaches and players from the 2022 Rose Bowl teams stopped by the Disneyland Resort ahead of the big game. The no. 8 University of Utah and the No.11 Pennsylvania State University will be playing in the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2023, but first stopped by the Happiest Place on Earth for what has become a traditional stop by teams heading to the game.
The two teams will be facing off against each other in the 109th Rose Bowl Game. The University of Utah won its second consecutive Pac-12 Championship and finished the regular season with a 10-3 record, while Penn State finished the season with a 10-2 record overall. The meeting today at Disneyland was the first and only joint appearance between the two teams before the game.
The day at Disneyland included a cavalcade down Main Street, USA with the head coaches and some of the players from both teams. Joining them was the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and also the 2023 Rose Queen, Bella Adler, and the Royal Court. Mickey, Minnie, and the gang also danced along the route as a part of the cavalcade.
There was also a press conference in the Opera House on Main Street, USA. The press conference included Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham along with Utah players: quarterback Cameron Rising, wide receiver Devaughn Vele, safety R.J. Hubert and defensive tackle Devin Kaufusi. Also featured were Penn State head coach James Franklin along with Penn State players: tight end Benton Strange, long snapper Chris Stoll, linebacker Jonathan Sutherland, and defensive end Nick Tarburton.
The pre-game festivities will begin on January 2, 2023, at 1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET. The game will be shown nationally on ESPN.
It is the second year that Utah will be appearing in the Rose Bowl Game. This is the fifth time that Penn State is making the trip to Pasadena for The Grandaddy of Them all. This is the first time the two teams face off against each other.