Wake-Up Call: Rose Bowl, USC, Penn State, Mike Bellotti, Jean-Sebastien Giguere
First things first: Our colleagues at the Allentown Morning Call have made a prediction on Thursday's Rose Bowl. Among their questions leading to the prediction: "Will Penn State stick to the run attack even if Trojans shut it down in first quarter or so? Will the Lions' defense hold USC's explosive running backs somewhat in check? Is SC quarterback Mark Sanchez good for two turnovers?" OK, just because Sanchez had four consecutive turnovers against ASU doesn't mean he coughs up the ball every game. The Trojans won that game anyway. Easily won it. Click on the link above to see their prediction. Wake-up's I-still-need-my-morning-coffee prediction: USC 34, Penn State 17.
Make a note: Kickoff at Thursday's Rose Bowl is at (roughly) 2:10 p.m. on Channel 7 and on AM 710.
Vote, vote, vote: Everyone likes to make a prediction. But let's see who you think might be the star of the Rose Bowl game.
Add college football: Mike Bellotti's Oregon Ducks dominated Oklahoma State in the second half of last night's Holiday Bowl, ending with a 42-31 victory. But the noteworthy thing is how Jeremiah Masoli played. With Cal's win in the Emerald Bowl and Arizona's win in the Las Vegas Bowl, seems like the Pac-10 is doing pretty well in the Bowl season so far.
More ice please: Isn't it sweet that the Ducks' Jean-Sebastien Giguere is in a position to start for the West in the Jan. 25 NHL All-Star game? He is more than deserving and has been so underrated, partly because he plays on the West Coast. And his teammates Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer are doing well in the balloting too. But the Kings' Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, both of whom are on the ballot, are not yet among the top 10 vote-getters among forwards. Kings fans, where are you? If you haven't yet voted, click here.
At Wrigley Field: The Times' Helene Elliott is in Chicago to report on the NHL Winter Classic. She is at the field today and will be at the game Thursday. Watch for her reports and blogs from the snowy (probably windy too) city.
-- Debbie Goffa
Photo: Joe Paterno, left, and Pete Carroll are ready for the Rose Bowl game. And each wants that trophy. Credit: Ric Francis / Associated Press