Southern California will face Big Ten champion Penn State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.
The 103rd edition of the Granddaddy of Them All matches two venerable football programs that have emerged from bad times since their last trip to this postseason showcase eight years ago.
USC (9-3) will meet Penn State (11-2) in a rematch of the 2009 Rose Bowl, won 38-24 by the Trojans. Neither team has been back to their conferences' traditional top postseason destination since, but both programs recovered from slow starts this fall to become two of the nation's top teams.
Coach James Franklin's Nittany Lions have won nine straight games, culminating in a 38-31 victory over...