The Rose Bowl game between USC and Penn State may be the best bowl game outside of the College Football Playoff games. 2016-17 Rose Bowl, Penn State vs. USC, Date, time, location.
The 2016-2017 Rose Bowl may be part of the New Year’s Six, but it will not be played on New Year’s Day. Instead, Big Ten champion Penn State and USC, the highest-ranked non-Playoff team from the Pac-12, will meet on Jan. 2, thanks to the bowl’s long-standing tradition of playing on that date when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.
No single event captures college football in all its glory and peculiarity quite like the Rose Bowl, held in picturesque Pasadena for all but one of those 102 games.
Here is everything you need to know in preparation for this year’s Rose Bowl.
Date and time: Jan. 2, 5 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Pasadena, California
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Last year’s score: Stanford 45, Iowa 16
Last year’s attendance: 94,268
Teams with the most all-time appearances: USC, 33
Teams with the most all-time wins: USC, 24
Penn State (11-2, 8-1 in Big Ten)
We’re about a week-and-a-half away from seeing No. 5 Penn State and No. 9 Southern California meet in “The Granddaddy of Them All,” and to help break down the Trojans, the Centre Daily Times spoke with Joey Kaufman, who covers USC for the Orange County Register.
Trace McSorley — QB, Penn State
Saquon Barkley — RB, Penn State
Chris Goodwin — WR, Penn State
Sam Darnold — QB, USC
Adoree’ Jackson — CB, USC
JuJu Smith-Schuster — WR, USC
Penn State finished the season No. 5 in the College Football Playoff, and probably isn’t happy that a team they beat — Ohio State — was included in the playoff despite not winning the Big Ten Championship. USC is better than their 9-3 record after cleaning up a rough start, and has shown it can slow down a prolific passing attack in a road win at Washington.
Can either defense slow down the opposing offense in the Rose Bowl? Will McSorely connect on enough deep passes to keep the Nittany Lions in the game? In a matchup of two explosive offenses, the better/hotter defense will prevail.
Penn State: 34