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A new rule in the BCS selection process has forced the Rose Bowl to vary from the traditional Pac 10-Big 10 selections if one of those champions qualify for the BCS Championship Game.
Instead of having its normal choice of any BCS school, it must invite a non automatic qualifier if it meets the normal requirements to warrant BCS selection.
With the projected Pac-10 champion Oregon Ducks expected to reach the BCS Championship along with Boise State, the logical non-AQ selection here would be TCU.
The Horned Frogs have dominated opponents all season including quality wins over Oregon State and Baylor. They have one truly tough game remaining against fellow undefeated Utah and should defeat the yet to be tested Utes.
Currently the No. 4 team in the BCS, they should remain in the top five and warrant a Rose Bowl berth.
Michigan State seemingly lucked out when Ohio State was left off their schedule in 2010, outside the top 25 to start the season, the Spartans have used a combo of skill, balance and a little bit of luck to jump out to an 8-0 start.
With Penn State having a down year, the Spartans last true test will be this Saturday when they travel to Iowa.
Even if they fall to the Hawkeyes, expect the Spartans to finish atop the standings in at least a tie. If Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan State finish in a three way tie, the tie-breaker is years between appearances, which would then go to the Spartans.