Widow’s 2009 Rose Bowl Picks

As soon as the games start picking up in importance it seems like the Black Widow starts showing his true skills at beating the bowl game odds.  This has been one of the top handicappers all year long on our site, but could it have gotten any easier with his bowl picks yesterday, especially when he took USC over Penn State?  Take a look at why he was so big on the Trojans:

6* Widow Wiseguy BCS GAME OF THE YEAR on USC -8

Defense wins these big games, and the USC Trojans have the #1 ranked defense in the country.  USC has given up 10 points or less in 8 of their last 9 games overall, and they simply do not let their opponents get in the end zone.  That’s where the difference in this game will lie.  USC will be scoring touchdowns, while Penn State is settling for field goals and punts the entire game.  The Trojans have recorded 3 shutout victories in their last 9 games as well.  USC nearly shut out Ohio State with a 35-3 victory earlier this season, and the Buckeyes are basically the same caliber team as Penn State.  The Nittany Lions are 0-10 ATS (-11.0 Units) in road games versus excellent rushing defenses -allowing <=2.75 rushing yards/carry since 1992.  Penn State is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) vs. good offensive teams – scoring 31 or more points/game over the last 3 seasons.  The Nittany Lions are 0-13 ATS (-14.3 Units) vs. incredible defensive teams who give up 12 or less points/game since 1992.  USC is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points over the last 3 seasons.  The Trojans are 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.  Add up these 5 systems and you get a DEADLY 48-2 (96%) ATS Angle that simply cannot miss tonight.  Take USC as our BCS GAME OF THE YEAR.