2007 Rose Bowl Preview: This Granddaddy Doesn’t Need Viagra Or Plavix Because Its Got Plenty Of Booty And Hart

December 29, 2006 – 5:49 am by McD

So we gave up on previewing every bowl because we watched the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl and we just couldn’t take it anymore. So we’ve decided to only breakdown the five BCS bowls and give you our predictions. Today it’s the Rose Bowl.

USC (10-2, 7-2 Pac-10)
The only way to find out how catastrophic the UCLA loss was for the Trojans is to see how they come out on January 1. After the 13-9 UCLA win, Pete Carroll looked legitimately shocked that his team had lost. They played badly for four quarters and weren’t able to pull out a last-second win. USC had every reason to win that game because it was arguably as big as the Notre Dame win the week before. All the Trojans had to do was win and they would get to play Ohio State in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. It’s not like the Bruins were that great this season either. They were plucky against good teams, but they had some really bad losses. How big was that win for UCLA? They’ve started selling “13-9″ memorabilia at basketball games this season.

Michigan (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
Should Michigan beat USC, it won’t be an upset, even though the Trojans are favored by 1.5. Michigan nearly beat Ohio State on the road. Now they’re playing a team whose offense is significantly worse in terms of reliability, consistent production and, uh, Heisman Trophies. Plus, Michigan didn’t gag in its biggest game, they came to play. However, they lost a classic and showed significant holes in the process. Chad Henne and the offense played well but the defense, which was great all season, and was thought to be better than even OSU’s, got positively thrashed. They didn’t just give up a few big plays, they got completely walked over. Everyone knew Ohio State’s offense was good enough to win that game, we just didn’t know that Michigan’s defense wanted Troy Smith to beat out Brady Quinn for the Heisman too.

Analysis:
The biggest match up in this game is John David Booty and the USC offense vs Michigan’s defense. Both have had nearly a month to lick their wounds. Note to Booty: throw it OVER the defensive line, not into it. Booty needs to hit his receivers consistently throughout the game, he can’t afford to wait until the third quarter or if/when they’re behind own to start completing passes. This has been an issue for him in a few games this year and while part of the problem may be play calling, he’s still the one throwing the ball in the end. As for Michigan’s D, they might want to look into stopping the run and covering a receiver or two, unlike their game plan for the Ohio State game. They should be able to stop the Trojans’ young corps of running backs, but Leon Hall can only cover one guy at a time and the rest of the secondary needs to step up.

Offensively (and, to some extent, defensively), Michigan lives and dies by Mike Hart. If he can run the ball against the Trojans stout defense, then the Wolverine offense won’t look like it was drawn up in 1975. Success in the running game will allow (future Charger) Mario Manningham to get some single-coverage on the outside against the USC corners. If Henne and Manningham hook up for two or three big plays, Michigan will roll.

Prediction:
Manningham will get some catches but the Trojans will limit Michigan’s big plays and have a few of their own from Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith. The Trojans win a classic Big Ten/Pac-10 match-up 20-13.

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  1. 2 Responses to “2007 Rose Bowl Preview: This Granddaddy Doesn’t Need Viagra Or Plavix Because Its Got Plenty Of Booty And Hart”

  2. I like USC to win big in this match up. They’ll be loose, at home and ramping up for 2007.

    By Bill on Dec 31, 2006

  3. I like Michigan to win big in this match up. They’ll be loose, on the road and ramping up for 2007.

    And that’s not vague at all. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    By Y2K on Dec 31, 2006

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