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Rose Bowl

The USC Trojans recorded a 38-24 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions when they last met in the 2009 Rose Bowl. Both these squads were bowl game losers last season. USC fell 23-21 to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, while Penn State dropped a 24-17 decision to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Kickoff: Monday, January 2 @ 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Additional Read: USC vs Penn State Betting

2016-17 Rose Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Penn State+6.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Penn StateBig Ten11-29-3-110-3

Rose Bowl Matchup

The Nittany Lions finished just shy of a College Football Playoff berth. Penn State wrapped up its campaign at No. 5 on the CFP rankings after handing Wisconsin a 38-31 loss as 2.5-point home underdogs last weekend to claim its first Big Ten conference championship since 2008.

In addition to claiming straight-up victories in their past nine, the Nittany Lions are also unbeaten against the spread during their current tear, including three outright wins as home underdogs. That marks a dramatic reversal in fortune for Penn State, after going 2-9 ATS in its previous 11.

The point total has consistently finished OVER in contests involving Penn State, going 13-4 in the past 17. Conversely, the UNDER has regularly prevailed in Trojans games, going 7-1 in their past eight, and 11-4-1 in 16.

The No. 9 Trojans have been dominant during their current win streak. USC has claimed victory by double-digit margins in all but one of its eight straight wins, holding opponents to 20 or fewer points on six of those occasions, and covering five times as double-digit chalk.

USC will be making its 34th all-time appearance in the Rose Bowl, the most by any squad in the history of the game. The Trojans' victory over Penn State in 2009 ended a stretch of five appearances in six years with a 4-1 SU and ATS record.

These two squads first met in the Rose Bowl way back in 1923, and have split eight games since. The Nittany Lions are also 2-2 SU and ATS against Pac-12 opponents. The Trojans are an impressive 13-1 SU against Big Ten opponents, but have failed to cover in their past five.

Rose Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Southern Cal's last eight games.
  • Southern Cal is 0-5 ATS in its last five games against the Big Ten.
  • Southern Cal is 7-1 SU and ATS in its last eight games in January.
  • Penn State is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Penn State's last 14 games in the postseason.
  • Penn State is 6-0 SU in its last six games against teams with winning records.

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Rose Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Rose BowlSouthern Cal41Northwestern32+3USCUSC
1996Rose BowlOhio State20Arizona State17+2OHIOSTOHIOST
1997Rose BowlWashington State16Michigan21-7WSHSTMICH
1998Rose BowlWisconsin38UCLA31-9WISCSNWISCSN
1999Rose BowlStanford9Wisconsin17+11WISCSNWISCSN
2000Rose BowlPurdue24Washington34+1WASHWASH
2001Rose BowlNebraska14Miami37-8.5MIAMIMIAMI
2002Rose BowlWashington State14Oklahoma34+5OKLAOKLA
2003Rose BowlMichigan14Southern Cal28-7USCUSC
2004Rose BowlMichigan37Texas38-7MICHTEXAS
2005Rose BowlTexas41Southern Cal38-7TEXASTEXAS
2006Rose BowlMichigan18Southern Cal32+2USCUSC
2007Rose BowlIllinois17Southern Cal49-13.5USCUSC
2008Rose BowlPenn State24Southern Cal38-10USCUSC
2009Rose BowlOhio State26Oregon17-4.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2010Rose BowlTCU21Wisconsin19+3WISCSNTCU
2011Rose BowlWisconsin38Oregon45-4.5OREGOREG
2012Rose BowlStanford20Wisconsin14+4STANSTAN
2013Rose BowlStanford20Michigan State24+6.5MSUMSU
2014Rose BowlFlorida State20Oregon59-8OregonOregon
2015Rose BowlIowa16Stanford45-6StanfordStanford
2016Rose BowlSouthern Cal-Penn State-+6.5  
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