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Michigan, USC ready for Rose Bowl's stage

Updated: January 1, 2007, 1:39 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Rose Bowl can give come-hither looks with its history, its tradition and its physical attributes. So, too, can Michigan and USC. Both teams reached the velvet ropes of the BCS Championship Game only to be turned away and directed westward. Both teams have had to parry questions about motivation and desire in the wake of their season-ending defeats.

The coaches of both teams, in their final pregame news conference Sunday at the Beverly Hilton, tried their ...

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