You have to be naive to think that the outcome would be the exact same if USC had to travel 2000 miles to Happy Valley in January with the east coast time difference. I'm positive that it has to be harder to throw a tight spiral when it's 20 degrees and the ball is wet from the snow plus you can't exactly utilize your 4.4 speed down the field. These aren't excuses just realities.
Every single week this season the NFL commentators constantly remark how poorly the west coast teams play when they have to travel to the east coast however no one ever mentions this in the during college bowl season? They're so eager to pile on the Big 10 that they just keep using the same dog and pony show material that they used the previous year.
USC couldn't win in Corvallis in September plus they play in a weak Pac-10 so what gives them the right to play for the national championship?
If some corporate sponsor puts up enough money, trust me teams will show up for that bowl game regardless of where it's at. It's not about the warm weather in January it's all about the money.
"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."