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Trojans Ride Eight-Game Winning Streak To Rose Bowl

 

December 29, 2016



When the USC football team started the 2016 season with a 52-6 lost to Alabama on September 3, in Arlington, Texas a lot of people brushed it off because Alabama was the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The next week the Trojans beat Utah State 45-7 but Utah State is not one of the better teams in the nation.

USC started their Pac-12 season on September 17 against Stanford and September 23 against Utah. The Trojans lost both of those games and the talk around the USC campus was the Trojans needed a new coach. What a difference a full season can make.

The USC football team has won eight straight games and now they find themselves playing in one of the most prestigious bowl games in the nation, The Rose Bowl. The game will be played on Monday January 2, against 11-2 Penn State at 2 p.m.

Both teams have enough stars to light up a football red carpet. The Trojans head coach is Clay Helton and Penn State’s head man is James Franklin.

The 9-3 Trojans will feature probably the most exciting college player in the country in Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson plays offense, defense and he returns punts and kickoffs. He is a great football player who has world class speed. He won the Pac-12 100 meter dash last spring with a time of 10.38 and he placed 10th in the long jump at the USA Olympic Trials last spring. On defense he is one of the best corner backs in the nation and the Trojans use him as a wide receiver and running back on offense.

On offense the Trojans are led by Pac-12 Offensive Freshman Player of the Year Sam Darnold, massive offensive tackle Zach Banner, offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, running backs Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II and wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers

On defense the Trojans rely on linebackers Cameron Smith and Michael Hutchings, defensive linemen Porter Gustin and Rasheem Green and defensive backs Chris Hawkins, Leon McQuay III, Iman Marshall and Jackson.

Penn State from the Big-10 Conference has its own group of star players that include 6’0, 200 pound quarterback Trace McSorley. McSorley has completed 206 passes for 3360 yards and 25 touchdowns with only five interceptions. His favorite target is Chris Goodwin who has caught 50 passes for 795 yards. Their top running back is Saquon Barkley who has gained 1302 yards in 247 carries. The Nittany Lions also have an exciting return specialist in Miles Sanders who is averaging over 20 yards in kickoff returns.

 

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