Will USC Play Iowa in the Holiday Bowl?

USC celebrates after blocking UTAH FG attempt during their PAC 12 game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Friday, Sept 20, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

 

Jan. 1 | Rose | Pasadena, Calif.
Wisconsin (B1G) vs. Oregon (Pac-12)
Dec. 21 | Las Vegas | Las Vegas
Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 6)
Dec. 27 | Holiday | San Diego
USC (Pac-12 No. 3) vs. Iowa (B1G No. 4)
Dec. 27 | Cheez-It | Phoenix
Air Force* (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Washington St. (Pac-12 No. 7)
Dec. 30 | Redbox | Santa Clara, Calif.
Cal (Pac-12 No. 4) vs. Illinois (B1G No. 7)
Dec. 31 | Sun | El Paso, Texas
Florida State (ACC Nos. 3-6) vs. Arizona St. (Pac-12 No. 5)
Dec. 31 | Alamo | San Antonio
Texas (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Utah (Pac-12 No. 2)

If 11-2 Utah falls out of the New Year’s Six field, the Alamo Bowl will be tempted to take 8-4 USC instead. Neither the Utes or Trojans can fall below the Holiday Bowl, so the rest of the Pac-12’s lineup is easier to predict.  —  Stewart Mandel (The Athletic)

The Trojans (8-4) have gone to the Holiday Bowl twice, beating Nebraska in 2014 and losing to Wisconsin the next year, Clay Helton’s second game as the Trojans’ permanent head man.

Great defense  —  The 9-3 Hawkeyes ranked 96th in the country in rushing yards, unusual for a Big Ten squad. Instead, Iowa relied on SR QB Nate Stanley and a defense that held opponents to fewer points per game (13.2) than all but five teams in the country.

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Jalenbuck1
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remember the 2003 Orange bowl, USC smoked Iowa and set Carroll on a long run!

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If I were to guess at the playoff my heart says coach O gets it done, my head has a different conclusion. I think Clemson is the best team in the country. They had one blip where they struggled with NC, they crushed everyone else. They also have won about 300 games in a row and there are a whole bunch of players who already have 1 or 2 rings and know how to get it done in this situation. Not sure why they are overlooked, but if I were a betting man they would be who I put my… Read more »

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The matchup with USC/Iowa brings back old memories of Rose Bowls past. Going to be a tough game for USC to win because Iowa doesn’t let teams score very much. How refreshing to see Alabama a long ways out of it for a change. Maybe the tides are turning. After watching OSU come back yesterday I think the odds makers have it wrong. I am picking LSU – OSU in the final. Clemson has never been tested like they will be against OSU.

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Coach O of LSU caught a break, drawing a beatable OK, and I would not bet on the Ohio St-Clemson game, although the Bucks will be favored. I think most fans want LSU-Ohio St for the title, another game in which I would not lay a bet….

And did the selection Committee get lucky, or what, with the 3 best teams in the nation and Oklahoma, who they had to include,

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Wrong again, the Buckeyes opened as 2.5 point underdogs against Clemson.

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I would bet the farm on that one taking OSU.