Despite winning the Big Ten Championship Game, Penn State (No. 5) was on the outside looking in to the College Football Playoff where instead conference foe Ohio State received one of the four spots. James Franklin and company will have to settle for the 103rd Rose Bowl against Southern California (No. 9) in Pasadena, California. A virtual home game for the Trojans, the Nittany Lions will be battle tested come January 2, where the annual New Year’s Day game has been pushed back one day due to the NFL season’s final week taking place on January 1.
This game features two of the hottest teams to finish the regular season, paving the way for an epic matchup in California. USC will be led by freshman quarterback Sam Darnold, whom helped turn the Trojans season around after riding the bench the first few games of the year. Penn State will counter by continuing their season-long resiliency and sound discipline on both sides of the football.
Date: Monday, January 2, 2017
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Location: Pasadena, California
Teams: (5) Southern California vs. (9) Penn State
Time: 4:30 P.M. EST/ 1:30 P.M. PST
Admission tickets can be found at ticketmaster.com and stubhub.com. Currently, the cheapest tickets are going for $220 a piece in the upper bowl. For local folks, you can purchase tickets at Civic Auditorium Box Office starting at a discounted price. Buy yours now before it’s too late!