LOS ANGELES -- When Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez walks onto the field for Tuesday's Rose Bowl, a familiar sight awaits him across the sidelines in Stanford, a team he coached against and defeated 13 years ago in the very same game.
"It's the most beautiful venue in all of sports I think," Alvarez said of the Rose Bowl. "I'll be just as thrilled when I take the field this time as I was the first time I took it."
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It's certainly not the bowl game everybody thought USC would wind up at, but the Trojans are in El Paso regardless hoping to cap a disappointing season on a high note with their first bowl game in two years. Monday's Hyundai Sun Bowl (11 a.m. PT, CBS) will be a fine sendoff for several seniors as well as a look at what's to come from some of the underclassmen.
It should be an interesting matchup too, as the Trojans face an option offense run by Georgia Tech.
Oregon State's final offensive play of the Valero Alamo Bowl pretty much summed up its Saturday night.
Quarterback Cody Vaz dropped back to pass and was promptly swallowed up by the Texas defense, falling to the turf in San Antonio for his 10th sack. From there Texas ran out the clock and the Beavers dropped a tough one, 31-27.
Just about everything went Arizona State's way Saturday afternoon in their 62-28 victory over Navy in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
LOS ANGELES -- Their presence at the 99th edition of the Rose Bowl has been notable not because of their size but their star-appeal. They are beloved not for scoring touchdowns, but for blocking for them.
They are the most unique and prized players on either roster.
The lead-up to this season's grandaddy of them all showdown between Stanford and Wisconsin has turned into quite the stage for the true skill position players on each team: the offensive linemen.