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Roses are Red, Penn State will be Black and Blue…

Tradition defined

Tradition defined

The Granddaddy of Them All features two traditional powerhouses who missed out on playing in the national title game because of narrow conference losses. Penn State rolls into Pasadena with their high-octane spread offense which averages 452 yards and 40.2 points per game (USC at 452 and 37.5), while the Trojans bring in the nation’s top D allowing 7.8 points a contest (PSU at 12.4). The line dropped from -10 to -9 in the last few days, while the total also dropped from the opening 46.5 to 45. The line movement makes it look like folks expect a tightly contested, defensive struggle.

Another great Samoan Trojan Defender

Another great Samoan Trojan Defender

USC’s defense features several All-Americans and sure 1st rounders led by the talented trio of Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Taylor Mays. Look for them to make it a long day against PSU QB Daryll Clark. The focus intially will be to stuff the run by locking down RB Evan Royster, then follow by heavy blitzing. Penn State faces a USC offense that has not been as dynamic as usual (see O-line) with dinged up QB Mark Sanchez and an RB-by-committee of Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson and CJ Gable. PSU will focus on locking up the short dumps and dinks and test Sanchez’ deep reads.

This game will be tight early, but I see the Trojans pulling away in the second half, forcing a turnover or two and McKnight busting a Reggie-like big play. What jumps out to me is the following numbers: 0/0/6/0/0/0/7/0/0/6/3/0. Those are the points allowed in the second half of all 12 games for the Trojans this year, that is an astounding 1.83 points average allowed! And that, my friends, will be the difference in this game. This defense is very fast, opportunistic, and most importantly wears down opposing lines.

Watch out Pete, you can't be having anymore of these 1-loss seasons

Watch out Pete, you can't be having anymore of these 1-loss seasons

Joe Pa's been at Penn State since Truman was President ... Truman!!

Joe Pa's been at Penn State since Truman was President ... Truman!!

Even though Cushing and Maualuga will be playing on Sundays, they leave USC without ever tasting national title glory. This is their last time (and Mays too if he declares for the Draft) to wear the cardinal and gold. This is their version of the BCS championship and they’ll lay it all on the line.

The pick: USC -9.

Went a modest 89-74-5 in 2008. Nothing to write home about, but at least up a couple of units. Let’s start the year off right.

Straight Cash … Homey.

January 1, 2009 Posted by | College Football, General, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment