Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual:
No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State (5pm ET, ESPN)
Wow, this is tough. There isn’t a bowl more anti-Notre Dame than this one. The second-biggest bowl game of the season will feature two of Notre Dame’s longest rivals, USC and Penn State.
You’re going to want to watch this game. Everyone is going to want to watch this game, it’s the Rose Bowl. But man, this one is hard for Irish fans. You can’t pick a team to win, you just hope for a good game and maybe a few big hits. Besides that, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Watch this game with a group of people. That way, if one of these teams begins to pull away, you can distract yourself. A close game is tolerable, but if USC or Penn State blows out the other team, it’s just a game that’s going to get you angry.