How to watch, live stream Penn State vs USC in Rose Bowl: Kickoff time, TV channel, It might not be a College Football Playoff game, but it’s still the Rose Bowl. The Granddaddy of Them All will hold its 103rd edition in the shadows of the San Gabriel Mountains as No. 5 Penn State (11-2) and No. 9 USC (9-3) square off.
The Rose Bowl is nothing new for USC, as this will be the 34th time the Trojans have played in the game, and when they’ve been there before, they’ve done quite well, going 24-9 in the first 33 games. The 34 appearances and 24 wins are far and away the most by any school in the country. On the flip side this will only be the fourth time Penn State has played in the game.
The last time Penn State made the trip to Pasadena was in 2008 when it lost to USC by a 38-24 score. That was also the last time these two teams met, and this game will be the 10th meeting between the schools. USC currently holds a 5-4 edge over the Nittany Lions.
Date: Monday, Jan. 2
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: The Rose Bowl — Pasadena, California
Penn State: The Nittany Lions had higher hopes than this, there’s no getting around it. They won the Big Ten, which was widely considered to be the strongest conference in the country this year, yet they were not chosen for the College FootballPlayoff. Instead, an Ohio State team that Penn State beat during the regular season got the nod, as did the Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies.
Still, while the Nittany Lions have a legitimate beef, it’s hard to argue that a trip to Pasadena isn’t a great consolation prize.
Of course if the Nittany Lions want to send yet another message to the selection committee that they deserved a spot in the playoff, beating USC — a team the committee obviously had a lot of respect for — would do just that.
USC: It felt like the Trojans played two different seasons this year. There was the 1-3 start to the year that saw the Trojans losing games to Alabama, Stanford and Utah. Of the three losses, only the Utah loss came by less than one score. It really felt as though the 2016 season could be one that tumbled out of control and put Clay Helton — a hire that didn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence in the USC faithful — on the hot seat right out of the gate.
But then things turned around.
The Trojans then reeled off eight straight wins, including an impressive win over Colorado, and an even more surprising win against Washington in Seattle. There were also blowout wins over Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame to put finish off an impressive run that saw the Trojans climbing the rankings, and helped propel them ahead of Colorado to put them in the Rose Bowl.
A win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl would make sure the season ends on a high note, and would probably make sure that the Trojans begin the 2017 season ranked in the top 10 of the major polls.