As we all know, the Big Ten does not have a championship game, but on November 14, the matchup between Iowa and Ohio State would serve as such.
The math was simple: Win and you go to Pasadena. Lose and you go to another bowl not named after a flower.
As for the game itself, it didn't lack in drama.
Iowa had to start James Vandenberg, a redshirt freshman quarterback with little experience, when star Ricky Stanzi went down the previous week.
Many thought the kid wouldn't be able to handle the crowd of 100k plus, but he completed 20-of-33 passes, for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
But the pressure would get to him in overtime as he threw an interception to Anderson Russell that put the Buckeyes in perfect position to win the game and the Rose Bowl berth.
But not without a little drama of our own.
Three weeks earlier, veteran kicker Aaron Pettrey injured his knee, giving the kicking duties to Devin Barclay.
Barclay, a 26-year old former pro soccer player, was sent to the field in the biggest field goal attempt of his collegiate career.
He sent the ball sailing through the air and split the uprights to give Ohio State the 27-24 victory and the Buckeyes their first Rose Bowl bid since the 1996 season.