Pac-12 Football: 3 Sleeper Rose Bowl Contenders for 2013

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Pac-12 Football: 3 Sleeper Rose Bowl Contenders for 2013
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Without question, Stanford and Oregon are the favorites to win the Pac-12 title in 2013. However, as we all know, college football can be crazy sometimes, and anything can happen. A few teams could really surprise us and sneak into the Rose Bowl this year.  

Beyond the top two teams, UCLA and Oregon State have to be thought of as having a chance at a Rose Bowl bid. The Bruins won the South Division two years in a row, while the Beavers return a lot of talent from a 9-4 team that showed promise last season.

When looking even deeper into the conference, a few teams start to emerge as possible sleepers for 2013. If any of the top teams should falter, look for one of the following teams to have a chance at stealing a spot in the Rose Bowl.

This year could be very interesting as far as bowl bids go in the Pac-12, as either Stanford or Oregon could end up playing in the national title game. If that were to happen, then the No. 2 team in the conference would get the Rose Bowl bid, as long it was ranked in the Top 14.

This slideshow takes a look at three sleeper teams that could have a shot at playing in Pasadena come January.

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