No rain forecast for Rose Bowl

Updated: January 2, 2006, 5:25 PM ET
Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Win or lose, here's a Rose Bowl prediction that both USC and Texas can enjoy: Zero percent chance of precipitation.

The forecast for Wednesday's national championship game calls for clear skies and temperatures in the 60s. That's a big change from Monday, when rain fell on the Rose Parade for the first time in more than a half-century.

The field at the Rose Bowl has been covered by a tarp this week. And the high winds and storms that have swamped Southern California lately are expected to clear out by Tuesday.

"Three days out of the year, it rains out here," USC quarterback Matt Leinart said. "It just happens it's all coming down right now."

Underneath a tent set up for media day, USC running back LenDale White looked a little concerned as the nasty weather rattled the support poles overhead.

"When I got recruited, they told me it never rains in Southern California," he said. "I like playing in rain, snow and sleet. It brings a different element to the game."

The coaches agreed that the weather would not be a factor.

"It absolutely won't change what we do at all," USC's Pete Carroll said.

Said Texas' Mack Brown: "We're both fast teams, so it won't matter if the field is a little wet or the grass is a little higher."


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