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2009 Rose Bowl

2009 Rose Bowl Penn State vs. Southern Cal Preview

A pair of 11-1 conference champions restore some luster to the Rose Bowl this year as the Big Ten champion Penn State Nittany Lions face the Pac 10 champion USC Trojans. Penn State has struggled ATS of late, losing three of four, while USC has been dominant on defense, allowing more than 10 points just twice in 12 games this year.

Oddsmakers currently have the Trojans listed as 9-point favorites versus the Nittany Lions, while the game’s total is sitting at 44½.  

Penn State is 11-1 SU, 7-3-1 ATS  and Southern Cal is 11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS 

The Rose Bowl Game is an annual ncaa football bowl game, usually played on January 1 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. It’s nickname is “The Grandaddy Of Them All”

In 2002 and 2006, the Rose Bowl game was also the BCS National Championship Game. In the current BCS alignment, the Rose Bowl will host the designated Big Ten and Pacific-10 conference representatives unless they are involved in the national championship game.

USC has a defense that has already become the stuff of legend. The Trojans have yielded just 7.8 points per game, and ranks first in total defense, first in pass defense, fifth in rushing defense (allowing 2.6 yards a carry) and has held ten different opponents to ten points or less.  

There may be nobody named Reggie Bush on the USC roster, but this team exhibited some incredible balance in running game, with any of three different backs fully capable of shouldering the load.

Penn State got a minimum of mistakes out of senior quarterback Darryl Clark, who tossed 17 TD passes and was intercepted only four times. It will be interesting to see what happens if USC is able to shut down Royster and the Penn State running game, because as much as we appreciate what Clark has done, he hasn’t had more than 20 completions in any game this year. 

Betting Trends:

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State’s last 6 games
Penn State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Cal is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

Jan 01

Big 10 vs. Pac 10
Pasadena, CA
Rose Bowl Stadium 
ABC 5:00 P.M.
Penn State vs. USC


2009 Rose Bowl


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