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Betting on the Rose Bowl 2007

Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Game
National Championship Game

Rose Bowl 2007 Game Details

Location: Pasadena, California
Date: 1 January 2007, 5:00 PM EST
Teams: USC vs. Michigan
Televised on: ABC

Rose Bowl Betting Matchup

The Rose Bowl will be remembered for hosting the epic battle in 2006 between unbeatens Texas and USC. While the 2007 Rose Bowl will not decide the national title like it did last year, it will provide plenty of drama when the champions of the Big Ten and Pac 10 get it on again.

The game also heads back to its traditional New Year’s Day time slot in 2007.

Last year’s 41-38 classic - won by Texas when Vince Young scampered for a TD with 19 seconds left - was probably the most anticipated national title game in recent years. The two undefeated teams with the best offenses in the nation squared off for the big prize. How close were USC and Texas in offensive production? Well, the Longhorns ranked first, scoring 50.8 points per game; USC averaged 50 points.

Bodog.com opened the line with USC as a seven-point favorite. Despite the high-powered offense, the 12-0 Trojans were a modest 8-4 against the spread. With all its weapons, one name stood above the rest on the USC roster. There wouldn't have been any talk of a threepeat for the Trojans without running back Reggie Bush's two scintillating games against Notre Dame and Fresno State.

2006’s Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall draft pick piled up 160 yards and three touchdowns at South Bend, Ind., in a 34-31 win on Oct. 15. His 513 all-purpose-yard performance on Nov. 29 beat the Bulldogs 50-42. Quarterback Matt Leinart actually had better numbers in 2005 than in his Heisman season the year before.

His lethal receiving unite includes Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith and tight end Dominique Byrd. But the Longhorns also had to worry about LenDale White, who combined with Bush to generate 2,836 yards and 20 touchdowns.

On defense, questions surrounded the Trojans. Injuries plagued the linebackers and the secondary was susceptible to big plays. Defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Frostee Rucker flew to the quarterback but they were matched against one of the best offensive tackle tandems in the Longhorns' Jonathan Scott and Justin Blalock.

The 12-0 Longhorns entered a game as the underdog for the first time all season. Texas was 9-2 against the spread. The Longhorns' offense revolved around the ever-dangerous Vince Young. While his breakthrough game came against Michigan in that memorable Rose Bowl a year ago, the mercurial quarterback came of age against Ohio State in Columbus on Sept. 10. It was there that Young threw a 24-yard TD to receiver Limas Sweed with 2:27 remaining, a feat that proved he could handle the pressure of a big game.

The emergence of receiver Billy Pittman made Young a better passer, but his legs are still his greatest attribute. Young ran for 850 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the team. And in the Rose Bowl, he ran for 200 yards and three scores. Freshman running back Jamaal Charles has also given Texas a great one-two punch with Young. His 844 yards and 11 touchdowns kept defenses honest.

The Longhorns boasted a clear advantage over USC on defense. Corner Cedric Griffin and safeties Michael Huff and Michael Griffin formed one of the best secondaries in the nation. The Longhorns also got great pressure from their front four, which featured defensive ends Tim Crowder and tackle Rodrique Wright.

About the Rose Bowl 2007

The Rose Bowl is a post-season college football game usually played on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California. It moved to Jan. 4 in 2006 as it was the Rose Bowl’s turn to host the national title game. It moves back to Jan. 1 for the 2007 edition of the classic game.

The 2006 Rose Bowl was played on 4 January 2006 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. The University of Southern California Trojans of the Pacific-10 Conference will meet the Texas Longhorns from the Big 12 Conference, in the National Championship Game of NCAA football.

Both teams boasted records of 12-0 this season and, for once, there was no controversy surrounding the crowning of a national champion. Texas - winner of the 2005 Rose Bowl - won its first National Championship title since 1969 behind an epic performance from QB Vince Young.

USC - winner of the 2004 Rose Bowl – was denied an unprecedented third straight national title when Young scrambled to the end zone in the final minute of a 41-38 victory.

Rose Bowl Prior Results

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
4 Jan. 2006 Texas 41 USC 38
1 Jan. 2005 Texas 38 Michigan 37
1 Jan. 2004 Southern California 28 Michigan 14
1 Jan. 2003 Oklahoma 34 Washington State 14
3 Jan. 2002 Miami 37 Nebraska 14
1 Jan. 2001 Washington 34 Purdue 24
1 Jan. 2000 Wisconsin 17 Stanford 9
1 Jan. 1999 Wisconsin 38 UCLA 31
1 Jan. 1998 Michigan 21 Washington State 16
1 Jan. 1997 Ohio State 20 Arizona State 17
1 Jan. 1996 Southern California 41 Northwestern 32
2 Jan. 1995 Penn State 38 Oregon 20
1 Jan. 1994 Wisconsin 21 UCLA 16
1 Jan. 1993 Michigan 38 Washington 31
1 Jan. 1992 Washington 34 Michigan 14
1 Jan. 1991 Washington 46 Iowa 38
1 Jan. 1990 Southern California 17 Michigan 10
2 Jan. 1989 Michigan 22 Southern California 14
1 Jan. 1988 Michigan State 20 Southern California 17
1 Jan. 1987 Arizona State 22 Michigan 15
1 Jan. 1986 UCLA 45 Iowa 28
1 Jan. 1985 Southern California 20 Ohio State 17
2 Jan. 1984 UCLA 45 Illinois 9
1 Jan. 1983 UCLA 24 Michigan 14
1 Jan. 1982 Washington 28 Iowa 0
1 Jan. 1981 Michigan 23 Washington 6
1 Jan. 1980 Southern California 17 Ohio State 16
1 Jan. 1979 Southern California 17 Michigan 10
2 Jan. 1978 Washington 27 Michigan 20
1 Jan. 1977 Southern California 14 Michigan 6
1 Jan. 1976 UCLA 23 Ohio State 10
1 Jan. 1975 Southern California 18 Ohio State 17
1 Jan. 1974 Ohio State 42 Southern California 21
1 Jan. 1973 Southern California 42 Ohio State 17
1 Jan. 1972 Stanford 13 Michigan 12
1 Jan. 1971 Stanford 27 Ohio State 17
1 Jan. 1970 Southern California 10 Michigan 3
1 Jan. 1969 Ohio State 27 Southern California 16
1 Jan. 1968 Southern California 14 Indiana 3
2 Jan. 1967 Purdue 14 Southern California 13
1 Jan. 1966 UCLA 14 Michigan State 12
1 Jan. 1965 Michigan 34 Oregon State 7
1 Jan. 1964 Illinois 17 Washington 7
1 Jan. 1963 Southern California 42 Wisconsin 37
2 Jan. 1962 Minnesota 21 UCLA 3
2 Jan. 1961 Washington 17 Minnesota 7
1 Jan. 1960 Washington 44 Wisconsin 8
1 Jan. 1959 Iowa 38 California 12
1 Jan. 1958 Ohio State 10 Oregon 7
1 Jan. 1957 Iowa 35 Oregon State 19
2 Jan. 1956 Michigan State 17 UCLA 14
1 Jan. 1955 Ohio State 20 Southern California 7
1 Jan. 1954 Michigan State 28 UCLA 20
1 Jan. 1953 Southern California 7 Wisconsin 0
1 Jan. 1952 Illinois 40 Stanford 7
1 Jan. 1951 Michigan 14 California 6
2 Jan. 1950 Ohio State 17 California 14
1 Jan. 1949 Northwestern 20 California 14
1 Jan. 1948 Michigan 49 Southern California 0
1 Jan. 1947 Illinois 45 UCLA 14
1 Jan. 1946 Alabama 34 Southern California 14
1 Jan. 1945 Southern California 25 Tennessee 0
1 Jan. 1944 Southern California 29 Washington 0
1 Jan. 1943 Georgia 9 UCLA 0
1 Jan. 1942 Oregon State 20 Duke 16
1 Jan. 1941 Stanford 21 Nebraska 13
1 Jan. 1940 Southern California 14 Tennessee 0
2 Jan. 1939 Southern California 7 Duke 3
1 Jan. 1938 California 13 Alabama 0
1 Jan. 1937 Pittsburgh 21 Washington 0
1 Jan. 1936 Stanford 7 SMU 0
1 Jan. 1935 Alabama 29 Stanford 13
1 Jan. 1934 Columbia 7 Stanford 0
2 Jan. 1933 Southern California 35 Pittsburgh 0
1 Jan. 1932 Southern California 21 Tulane 12
1 Jan. 1931 Alabama 24 Washington State 0
1 Jan. 1930 Southern California 47 Pittsburgh 14
1 Jan. 1929 Georgia Tech 8 California 7
2 Jan. 1928 Stanford 7 Pittsburgh 6
1 Jan. 1927 Stanford 7 Alabama 7
1 Jan. 1926 Alabama 20 Washington 19
1 Jan. 1925 Notre Dame 27 Stanford 10
1 Jan. 1924 Washington 14 Navy 14
1 Jan. 1923 Southern California 14 Penn State 3
2 Jan. 1922 California 0 Washington & Jefferson 0
1 Jan. 1921 California 28 Ohio State 0
1 Jan. 1920 Harvard 7 Oregon 6
1 Jan. 1919 Great Lakes � US Navy 17 Mare Island 0
1 Jan. 1918 Mare Island � USMC 19 Camp Lewis � US Army 7
1 Jan. 1917 Oregon 14 Pennsylvania 0
1 Jan. 1916 Washington State 14 Brown 0
1 Jan. 1902 Michigan 49 Stanford 0

History of the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is the oldest college football bowl game, first played on New Year's Day 1902 as part of the Tournament of Roses, when Michigan posted a 49-0 win over Stanford. The game was not resumed again until 1916, when Washington State blanked Brown, 14-0. The game has since been played continuously on or after January 1st of each year.

In its early years the game featured a team from the Pacific Coast Conference (predecessor to today's Pac 10 Conference). Beginning in 1947, the Rose Bowl matched the champions of the Big Ten and Pacific 10 Conferences. In 1998 the Rose Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and as such now plays host to the National Championship Game once every four years.

While for years the game was without a sponsor, in 1998 it became known as The Rose Bowl Game Presented by AT&T. In 2002 the sponsorship changed, and the game was renamed The Rose Bowl Presented by PlayStation 2. After the arrangement with Sony expired in 2005, Citibank picked up the sponsorship, and the game is now known as The Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi.

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