Rose Bowl 2017 Live Stream. It may not be the College Football Playoff opportunity the Nittany Lions waited for after beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten game, but Penn State will have the opportunity to play a powerful USC team at the Rose Bowl 2017 Live on January 2.
The “grandfather of them all” is a fitting reward for the James Franklin Lions (11-2), a team that gave Ohio State its only loss and made a habit of rallying in the second half to record many of their victories this season.
Both teams have been very hot. Penn State has won nine consecutive games to earn its place in the Rose Bowl 2017 Live, while the USC (9-3) has made eight straight victories after losing three of its first four games.
USC head coach Clay Helton said the meeting with Penn State could be one of the best bowls of the bowl season.
“I think you’re dealing with two of the hottest teams in the country right now if you look at Penn State in a nine-game winning streak, we in a winning streak,” Helton told John McGonigal’s Center Daily Times. “I think it’s great for TV, that’s for sure.”
USC presents a balanced offense led by Field Marshal Sam Darnold, who stepped off the bench to become the first Trojan team. He has pitched for 2,497 yards and 24 touchdowns in all nine games he has started.
Runner Ronald Jones II has given the Trojans the running game they needed. He has become a key player in the second half of the season, running for 1,027 yards on 157 carries.
Darnold and Jones will have to be at their best, because Trace McSorley’s Penn State duo and Saquon Barkley can be formidable.
McSorley has not received the publicity that former quarterback Christian Hackenberg received while running the Penn State offense, but may be the best and most effective leader. McSorley has pitched for 3,360 yards this season and has a 25-5 TD-to-interception ratio.
Barkley is a tough nose runner who combines power and speed. He has rushed for 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, and seems to thrive on hard work and contact.
Free time between the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl should help Barkley a little. He was playing with an ankle problem at the end of the season, and could be much faster by the time the Rose Bowl kicks off.
Adoree ‘Jackson is an X factor and a special player for the Trojans. He is a strong defensive defense (four interceptions) and an even better lap specialist. He has returned two laps and two touchdown kickoffs this season, and like Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, he can play offense in addition to his other tasks.
One of the key factors in this game will be Penn State’s ability to pressure Darnold. After a slow start, the Nittany Lions move has improved in the second half of the season. They have registered at least three sacks in six of their last seven games.
However, that unit will be severely tested by USC’s stellar offensive line. The Trojans led the Pac-12 allowing 11 sacks in 12 games. If Darnold is allowed to set and throw the ball without significant pressure, it could give the Trojans the edge they need to survive Penn State in the Rose Bowl 2017 Live.