Big Ten

Monday's Bowl Capsules

Rose Bowl

Who: No. 5 Penn State (11-2, Big Ten) vs. No. 9 USC (9-3, Pac-12)

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Time/TV: 5 p.m., ESPN

Line: USC by 7

Series record: USC leads 5-4, and 2-1 in bowl games, including a 38-24 victory in the 2009 Rose Bowl

What's at stake: After overcoming poor starts in September to reach the Rose Bowl, the winner will find itself christened as an immediate favorite to reach the College Football Playoff in 2017. The Nittany Lions nearly made it this season after winning their last nine games, including the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin, and can finish in the Top 5 for the first...

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