Rose Bowl features USC, Penn State

Rose Bowl features USC, Penn State
USC Head Coach Clay Helton tweeted this announcement on Sunday after Rose Bowl officials announced their selection.

USC Head Coach Clay Helton tweeted this announcement on Sunday after Rose Bowl officials announced their selection.

Penn State and USC, two school with a long history of post season clashes, will face off in the 103rd Rose Bowl Game, officials announced. The teams last met in the 2009 Rose Bowl, which USC, coached by Pete Carroll, won 38-24.

Ranked No. 5 in polls, the Nittany Lions had an opportunity to play for the National Championship this season, but fell short. USC is ranked No. 9 and earned the invitation over higher ranked Colorado after a convincing 27-17 win over the Buffaloes earlier in the season.

“Congratulations to our players and the Trojan Family on the opportunity to participate in The Granddaddy of Them All! #FightOn” USC Coach Clay Helton tweeted.

A group of Penn State players were frustrated that the Nittany Lions were left out of the College Football Playoff, Coach James Franklin acknowledged.

“There was a handful of guys that showed a little bit of frustration and body language and things like that,” Franklin said. “But 99 percent of the guys in there are just excited about staying together as a family and being able to play in such a historic bowl game.”

This year’s version of the game takes place on Jan. 2 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The date is chosen as the Tournament of Roses has a long standing “Never on Sunday” tradition, which goes back to 1893.

Ticket sales are open to the public and available through Prime Sports.

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