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Bucks Meet Ducks for Rose Bowl Crown

By Jeremy Published: December 14, 2009

The Rose Bowl may not literally be 'The Grandaddy of Them All' anymore, but it's a welcome bid for both Oregon and Ohio State.  It's been over a decade since either team sniffed the roses.   The Buckeyes appeared to be in somewhat of a rebuilding year with big losses to the NFL and a young team coming back.  Oregon might have expected the worst after an embarassing opener at Boise St.  The last time the Ducks were in the Rose Bowl was '95...  OSU, '97.  This year the Buckeyes punched their ticket in an overtime game versus the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Oregon gained their invitation by winning the Civil War against rival Oregon State.  That's right, this years Rose Bowl features the Bucks versus the Ducks.

These teams have many similiarities.   Both are 10-2.  Both are led by dynamic quarterbacks.  Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli finished the regular season with 2,066 yards passing and another 659 on the ground.  His counterpart, Terrelle Pryor, finished with 1828 through the air and 707 on the ground.  Each team has two effective rushers.  The Ducks feature a speedy and dangerous LaMichael James, and the much maligned Senior, LaGarrette Blount.  The Buckeyes' Boom Herron and Brandon Saine combined for 1,252 yards.  The teams shared two common opponents, USC and Purdue.  Oregon beat Purdue in Eugene 38-36.  Ohio State lost to Purdue in Lafayette 28-16.  Ohio State lost at home to USC 18-15, but Oregon smashed the Trojans 47-20 at Autzen Stadium.  The early money line is Oregon-3.5.

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