It’s Rose Bowl USC vs. Penn State. The 2016 Rose Bowl brings two very similar teams head to head, USC vs. Penn State. No. 5 Penn State and No. 9 USC are the “comeback kids” of college football — two programs that reclaimed the high ground after NCAA sanctions and surged into the postseason after iffy starts. The Trojans (9-3) have won eight in a row, including a victory at playoff-bound Washington. Big Ten champion Penn State (11-2) has won nine straight, including a home victory over playoff-bound Ohio State. Both teams have looked really strong as of late, but we think USC will run away with the victory due to their home field advantage.
USC vs. Penn State Score Prediction: USC 27, Penn State 23
The 2017 Rose Bowl matchup between USC vs. Penn State is one of the most anticipated bowl games outside of the College Football Playoff.
The Trojans are making their 34th appearance in the game and looking to improve a 24-9 record. The Nittany Lions are 1-2 in the marquee game, with both losses coming to USC.
After a rough start, USC turned their season around. The Trojans rattled off eight consecutive victories, highlighted by triumphs over Pac-12 rivals Colorado and Washington, by showcasing vast improvement on both sides of the ball.
The Nittany Lions enter the Rose Bowl riding a nine-game winning streak, which featured wins over Ohio State and, in the Big Ten Championship Game, Wisconsin. That followed a mundane 2-2 start with losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan.
The USC vs. Penn State matchup should be an entertaining game decided by a single score one way or the other. We are giving the Trojans a slight advantage since that game is being played on the west coast. Our Rose Bowl score prediction is 27-23 in favor of USC.
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