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The “Granddaddy of Them All,” the Rose Bowl Game, is the 110-year-old, tradition-rich meeting between the Big Ten and Pac-12.
We used to see each conference send its champion to this historic game, but with the modern BCS format, we only get that meeting on occasion.
The 2013 Rose Bowl Game won't be between two conference champions—but close.
We originally projected Michigan State to earn its way to the Rose Bowl, but with a loss to Iowa, we now have some serious doubts about the Spartans—mainly because they no longer control their own destiny in the Big Ten.
As it stands, it looks like Michigan may very well be the best team In the Big Ten this season—at least when it comes to teams that are actually eligible to play in a bowl game.
Michigan State was probably the toughest remaining test in the Legends Division, and MSU will need to beat U-M and hope Michigan loses to someone else to even have a shot.
As much as it pains us to put the clearly overrated Wolverines in the Rose Bowl Game, we're currently left with little choice.
From the Pac-12, we're going with USC.
The Trojans will receive the bid as an at-large team, as we're projecting them to finish as Pac-12 South Division champions but come up short in the conference championship game.
Matt Barkley will have one last attempt to secure immortality at USC, and a win over MSU in the Rose Bowl Game will be the closest he can come.
Projection: Michigan vs. USC