No. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions and No. 9 University of Southern California Trojans will soon face off in the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual in Pasadena, Calif., but first they stopped for fun during the traditional visit to the Disneyland Resort today.
USC head coach Clay Helton and Penn State head coach James Franklin were welcomed to Disney California Adventure park by Lightning McQueen and friends, along with Disneyland Resort Vice President Patrick Finnegan. Featured USC players were offensive tackle Zach Banner, quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive back Adoree’ Jackson and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Among the Penn State players were linebacker Koa Farmer, wide receiver Chris Godwin, defensive end Garrett Sickels and center Brian Gaia.
During their visit to the Disneyland Resort, the teams enjoyed two attractions in Cars Land, joining in a celebratory “dance” aboard micro-cars at Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and zooming through the desert landscape of Ornament Valley at Radiator Springs Racers.
The 103rd Rose Bowl Game will be the third time that Penn State has faced USC in a Rose Bowl Game. The two teams met in the ninth Rose Bowl Game in 1923, when the Trojans won, 14-3, and in the 2009 Rose Bowl Game, where USC defeated Penn State, 38-24. The teams will play in the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.