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- So USC ended up falling short 21-23 to Wisconsin in a late-night Holiday Bowl finish. That just means a long off season of angst for the Trojan faithful, as the wisdom of hiring Clay Helton will likely be a constant subject of debate in LA media and the college football world as a whole.
- As the Rose Bowl approaches, this is a pretty interesting read on the groundskeeping at the increasingly ancient, (though undoubtedly storied) stadium.
- Speaking of the game rather than the stadium, I'm personally hyped up for Stanford vs. Iowa, and this preview doesn't hurt. I realize that it's two borderline redundant teams, but McCaffrey is a joy to watch and I'm captivated by the idea of Stanford facing a team physical enough to match up.
- Might as well pass along the Rose Bowl betting odds, as well.
- Oh, and I guess the playoff games are on tonight, huh? Not sure how I feel about the games being played in the middle of the afternoon on New Year's Eve, but I digress. Here is a quick rundown of Clemson vs. Oklahoma and Alabama vs. Michigan State from the main SB Nation page.
- A little tournament known as the Les Schwab Invitational just wrapped up down in Hillsboro, Oregon. Not only was this competition overflowing in future college talent, it specifically featured both a signed recruit and a verbal commitment going head to head. Class of 2016 Signee Markelle Fultz and DeMatha Catholic beat 2017 commit Daejon Davis and his Garfield Bulldogs 73-64 yesterday in the semi-finals.
- DeMatha advanced to play perennial power Oak Hill in the championship and lost, but Fultz still took home MVP honors for the weekend as a whole. Daejon Davis also made the all-tournament team. As it becomes increasingly clear that this basketball season is about building for the future, these two serve as a reminder that the future is bright.