Sooners must contain Bush
In what should be a classic, the national title might come down to which Heisman winning QB has the ball last.
Who: USC vs. Oklahoma
When: Jan. 4, 8:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
Where: Miami, FL
Both teams have running backs who have scored 15 touchdowns (USC's Reggie Bush and LenDale White and Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson). And few head coaches in college football are better at managing games and getting their players ready to play than Pete Carroll and Bob Stoops.
With the Trojans and Sooners both ranked in the top 5 nationally in run defense, the pressure will be on Leinart and White to shoulder the offensive load. White has a more established receiving corps to work with, led by veterans Mark Clayton, Travis Wilson and Brandon Jones. The trio has combined for 1,788 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Leinart has an emerging young star in freshman WR Dwayne Jarrett, and a lot more versatility with Bush accounting for 478 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. TEs Alex Holmes and Dominique Byrd have combined for another 770 yards through the air.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES
- Stoops bashes Saban's 'consolation' remark
- NCAA's top cop: Cheaters 'will be found out'
- NCAA infractions chair: Reasons for inactivity
- C-USA chief: 'Second 5' will still be relevant
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Nike Men's Oklahoma Sooners 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Champions Locker Room Legacy 91 Hat