The Rose Bowl traditionally hosts the top Pac-12 team versus the top Big Ten team each January. The two conferences each have great history and feature several of the top programs in the country.
Although their regions are not geographically close, there are times where programs from both the B1G and Pac-12 compete for recruits. Running back Justin Fargas originally spurned playing close to the Pacific Ocean for Michigan. Michael Thomas, who plays for Ohio State, was plucked from Los Angeles.
With the two conferences competing for elite recruits over the years, the 2014 class has followed suit. A versatile athlete from Southern California is open to the idea of playing in the Big Ten, while a big linebacker has caught the eye of top schools from both the Pac-12 and the B1G.