Rose Bowl 2009 – Penn State Vs USC

This college football game was first played in 1902 and has hosted some of the greatest college football players and teams over the years, including 18 Heisman Trophy winners and 28 National Champions. The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California is the host of this annual clash. The game has historically hosted the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences. That isn’t the rule anymore as the Bowl Championship Series dictates where the top teams go. The BCS title game rotates among the top venues, and the Rose Bowl Stadium has already hosted two championship games in 2002 and 2006.

But this year’s Rose Bowl on January 1st is not a championship tilt. Instead, it’s a classic matchup of perennial college football powerhouses – USC vs Penn State. This game holds more meaning than the classic Pac-10/Big Ten drama of a Rose Bowl though. Since both teams only have one loss, they can argue that they should be playing for the National Championship. But the fact that their conferences were both weak this year, that argument isn’t very strong. But nonetheless, this is the best matchup on the New Year’s day program.

Although the game has featured famous players like O.J. Simpson and Vince Young, the real draw of this year’s game is the coaches. If the Rose Bowl is the Grandaddy of them all, then Penn ufabetบนมือถือ State’s head coach Joe Paterno is the grandaddy of all college football coaches. He has coached his team to the most wins in NCAA history(383) in his 43rd year in charge at PSU. In recent years though, he has been under fire for losing his winning touch. But his team responded this year with an 11-win season, its only blemish a last-second loss to Iowa. That record earned the 82-year old “Joe Pa” a 3-year contract extension.

Across the field from him will stand USC’s Pete Carroll. Carroll doesn’t have