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Despite the Bruins' stellar season so far, it still seems a daunting task for such a young team to unseat the three-time defending conference champions in their house.
So operating under the assumption that UCLA will not win the Pac-12 Championship Game, could the Bruins still earn a spot in the Rose Bowl?
The short answer is yes, but there are a lot of things that need to fall in place in order for this unlikely scenario to unfold.
First and foremost, the Oregon Ducks need to run the table and earn a bid to the BCS National Championship Game.
With a 13-0 Oregon squad representing the conference on the biggest stage, the Rose Bowl would be left vacant in the Pac-12 slot.
In order to keep traditional ties in place, the selection committee would definitely consider every possible option for a replacement Pac-12 team.
For UCLA to come close to that conversation, the Bruins will need to finish the regular season 10-2, which means knocking off USC and the Stanford Cardinal over the next two weekends.
If that held true, the four-loss Trojans and the four-loss Cardinal would be out of the running for roses (assuming Stanford loses to Oregon this Saturday).
The decision would then come down to UCLA or Oregon State if both teams manage to finish in the Top 14 of the BCS standings, a requirement for an at-large bid.
If the Beavers lose to Oregon in the Civil War, they would be sitting at 9-3 overall. The Bruins, if they fall to the Ducks in the conference title game, would boast a 10-3 record.
Oregon State owns the head-to-head victory over UCLA, as the Beavs beat the Bruins 27-20 back in September. But UCLA, in this scenario, would have a better record overall and in conference, as well as a divisional championship.
Given the fact that UCLA plays at the Rose Bowl and that Bruin fans would come out in droves, the boys in blue look like the better pick to party in Pasadena.
Also, who wouldn't want to see a UCLA-Nebraska rematch?
Well, aside from USC, Stanford, Oregon State, Michigan and Wisconsin fans...