In what would be a rematch of the 2006 national championship at the Rose Bowl, Jerry Palm at CBS predicts the USC Trojans will face off against the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. The teams haven't met since that game, won by the Longhorns, 41-38, on a Vince Young scramble into the end zone as time expired.
Both teams are struggling this year by their standards. No. 17 USC was upset in Tucson last weekend by the Arizona Wildcats and are staring down a powerful No. 4 Oregon Ducks squad. The Ducks will head down to Los Angeles this week for what is arguably USC's biggest game of the year. The schedule doesn't get much easier for USC after that, as they host the Arizona State Sun Devils, travel across town to face rival UCLA Bruins and wrap up the season at home against the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The No. 23 Longhorns aren't faring much better. They were shellacked by the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl earlier this season, which followed a close loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Texas barely escaped Lawrence with a win over the hapless Kansas Jayhawks last weekend and must face the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Kansas St. Wildcats before the season is over.