Remember the good old days when the Rose Bowl pitted the Pac-8 champion against the Big Ten champion? Ah, life was simple then.
Since then there have been many changes, such as:
- The Pac-8 is now the Pac-12, with two divisions
- The Big Ten is still called the Big Ten, but has 12 teams
- Both the Pac-12 and Big Ten have championship games
- The BCS system—which will go away after next year—dictates the top bowl games, including the national championship game
It’s no longer simple to figure out who’s going to the Rose Bowl. In fact, it may require strict interpretation of the fine print in the selection process guidelines.
Much will change over the next two weeks as the regular season winds down. For now, here are predictions of division and conference champions, a dark horse possibility, and a final prediction for the Rose Bowl.