Rose Bowl Preview: Southern California vs. Penn State

Penn State will be riding a nine game winning streak and also have the title of Big Ten Champion. After starting the year just 2-2 with a blowout loss against MI, the Nittany Lions won nine straight games, including a Big Ten title victory over Wisconsin which required a comeback.

In non-Rose Bowl bowl games, by the way, the Trojans all-time are – taking out vacated results – as average as mathematically possible: 9-9. While it could be seen as disappointing that the team was snubbed from a chance at the playoffs, time will remember this season in a positive light. Thanks to the Huskies’ participation in this season’s playoff, the Trojans are back where they belong: in Pasadena for the New Year. But there wasn’t any quarterback in college football playing better than Sam Darnold did in the final eight games of the season.

Darnold has completed a remarkable 213 of 313 passes for 2, 633 yards. His running style is one of the reasons why Penn State had such a hard time on third down this year, because too many runs end with him on the ground behind the line of scrimmage.

Penn State run offense vs. USC run defense: Saquon Barkley could be the best back USC has seen this season – including Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.

“I told them in the locker room right after that how proud I was of them, I loved them, and I knew that if they kept on going like that, they’d look up in November and be really happy”. 2 Ohio State and No. 6 Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game.

Blacknall started seven games for the Nittany Lions, totaling 347 yards and three touchdowns.

Penn State lost each of its first two road games to Pittsburgh and MI en route to a 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS start to the season. With a host of big-play receivers (Chris Godwin, DaeSean Hamilton), McSorley can open up the field as long as Barkley is having a big game (which he usually does). “When they’re not scheming to pressure, they have great pass rushers”, offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. It is certain that OSU had one of the best defenses in the country-that is what kept the team near the top of the standings for most of the season.

Penn St was 2-2 and trailed Minnesota 13-3 at halftime.

Two of the hottest teams in college football meet when the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittany Lions square-off in the Grand Daddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl. I’m picking Penn State to win 34-27. The Trojans boast wide receivers Juju Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers on the outside, as well as 1,000-yard rusher Ronald Jones II in the backfield. USC has 32 red-zone TDs, largely because of Darnold’s ability to fit the ball into small, high-traffic spots, an exceedingly rare skill for a teenage redshirt freshman.

This is an easy one. Darnold has been nothing short of spectacular once he was given the keys to the Trojan offense. They have a roster of playmakers on offense and defense and have made it through the season relatively unscathed in terms of injuries.

Considered by many to be the best Penn State team ever, the 1994-95 Lions rolled into their showdown with OR with a head of steam at 11-0 and dreams of becoming national champs.

The promo wasn’t enough to sway the committee, as the Nittany Lions are in Los Angeles instead of Atlanta or Glendale, but they aren’t disappointed in the decision. All three teams logged at least 40 carries in their respective clashes and finished with 10 touchdowns (the Wolverines accounted for six of them). “But you can’t measure someone’s heart”, who’s going to argue?

With the Rose Bowl yet to be played, it appears that there is a rather large carrot at the end of the stick, just a yard or so out in front of the Penn State team. Penn State can secure a win if they avoid significant penalties, maintain possession and tire the Trojans defense.

Yes, that was her response when asked if a contract extension for James Franklin is in the works, something that’s been a talking point during the team’s historic season.

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