When was the first Rose Bowl played? January 25, 2012 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: American History The New Year’s Day football game was first played between the University of Michigan and Stanford University in Pasadena, California, in 1902. Michigan won 49-0. Related PostsWhen was the first Super Bowl played in the Louisiana Superdome?How long did the “G.E. College Bowl” run and who hosted it?What U.S. states comprised the Dust Bowl?Who was Tokyo Rose?What was the name of Sally Rogers’s (Rose Marie’s) off-and-on boyfriend on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (CBS, 1961-66)?