The 2008 Rose Bowl is tonight and pits the 11-1 Penn State Nittay Lions versus the 11-1 USC Trojans. Let’s take a look at the matchup, trends, injuries, odds and hand out a Free College Football Bowl Pick for the 2008 Rose Bowl.

Bet the 2008 Rose Bowl

Game Time: 5:00PM ET

Odds: Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made USC a 8.5-point favorite.

Over/Under Total: 45

Public Betting Information:

Public betting information shows that 63% of bettors favor USC –8.5 tonight.

Rose Bowl Public Betting Trends:

All games in this series since 1992

USC is 2-2 against the spread versus PENN ST since 1992

PENN ST is 3-1 straight up against USC since 1992

3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992

Key Player Injuries

PENN ST

[2nd QB] Pat Devlin is expected to miss - Undisclosed - 12/11/08

[DT] Chris Baker dismissed from team. - Dismissed - 08/01/08

[DT] Devon Still is out for the season. - Ankle - 09/10/08

[DT] Phillip Taylor dismissed from team. - Dismissed - 08/01/08

[LB] Jerome Hayes is out for the season - ACL - 09/07/08

[OL] Doug Klopacz is out for the season - ACL - 09/24/08

[RB] Brent Carter out for season - Knee - 10/15/08

[S] Nick Sukay is expected to miss entire season - Foot - 09/01/08

USC

[OL] Nick Howell is "?" - Ankle - 12/08/08

TheSpread.com betting matchup advantage:

TheSpread.com betting matchup has USC as a -9 point favorite. Our Free College Football Bowl Pick is: USC –8.5. Many college football pundits are high on Penn State to not only keep this game close, but to possibly win the game. Don’t be fooled. Penn State’s spread offense can be dynamic, but the Trojans have one of the fastest and most talented defenses in the nation and they’ll give the Nittany Lions fits. The only thing that keeps this game close is if USC quarterback Mark Sanchez turns the ball over and gives PSU chances it doesn’t deserve. The Lions defense is underrated, but if the Trojans are motivated, they should win big.

Bet the 2008 Rose Bowl

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Posted: 1/1/09 12:55PM ET