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Rose Bowl gifts and swag bag for players

Two of the best college football programs in the country will meet up in the Rose Bowl. So what are Alabama and Notre Dame players getting for playing in this one?

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are the favorites to win another national title, while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue to prove they’re still worthy of the big boys. DraftKings Nation has plenty of articles out now and coming soon that will break down this matchup but in this one, let’s take a look at the gifts being offered to all the participants of the Rose Bowl, which takes on New Year’s Day.

Everything is different about the Rose Bowl this year. There’s no parade, no exciting events and the game isn’t even in Pasadena, California with a flawless sunset. Instead, it will be played in Arlington, Texas, but what remains the same is the players will all be getting some swag for playing in this game on Jan. 1. Let’s take a look.

The Rose Bowl gifts include a gift suite, Fossil watch, Ogio backpack as well as a New Era 9Fifty snapback adjustable hat.

As a person born in Big Ten country I was raised to worship all things Rose Bowl, but I gotta be honest in saying I’m a little unsatisfied. This is the package from the Granddaddy of Them All? Maybe players like watches more than I do, as I do pretty well at telling the time without something attached to my wrist. Maybe the hat will look pretty sweet, but a backpack? Bowl game gifts should not be this close to back-to-school shopping.

Perhaps my expectations are too high, but I want better things from the greatest bowl game in all the land moving forward. Or at least a socially distant Beef Bowl.