When the No. 2 Oregon Ducks defeated the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal 52-31, it was, for all intents and purposes, the de facto Pac-10 Championship Game.
And since the Ducks will be pursuing their first national championship in school history, Stanford will fill the Pac-10 slot in the Rose Bowl Game.
Jim Harbaugh's team, led by star quarterback Andrew Luck, has become one of the nation's best offensive teams, ranking fifth nationally with 43.4 points per game.
And trying to stop that prolific attack will be surprise Big Ten champion No. 7 Michigan State.
The Spartans haven't been the best team in their conference this season, but with victories over Notre Dame, Michigan, and No. 13 Wisconsin, they have played their best football when it was needed most.
Boasting an offense that scores 34.4 points per game and a defense that yields only 16.6 points per game, Michigan State is a very good and balanced football team.
Add that to their desire to play their best for head coach Mark Dantonio, who suffered a heart attack following the Notre Dame game, and you have a group of guys that are very tough to beat.