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Pac-12: 100th Rose Bowl looks like a classic

The Pac-12 can complete a successful bowl season in the Rose Bowl.

Resounding wins by Arizona and UCLA on New Year's Eve helped the conference collectively redeem itself after Arizona State's loss. The Pac-12 stands 6-2 in the postseason, going into Stanford vs. Michigan State on Wednesday afternoon in Pasadena, Calif.

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The 100th Rose Bowl is intriguing, because the teams seem so evenly matched and so similar in style. It's being labeled a throwback game, with both programs having been built by tough defenses and a determination to run the football. Of course, that was pretty much the story line last January, when Stanford edged Wisconsin.

The Rose Bowl means a lot to the Pac-12, and this game has its own distinction. Next year, the Rose Bowl will serve as a semifinal contest in the College Football Playoff. In the interest of avoiding a geographical advantage, the selection committee may not send a Pac-12 team to Pasadena - and that's assuming the conference champion receives a playoff bid.

In any case, the circumstances have conspired to give the 2014 Rose Bowl all kinds of historical significance, and the game just might match its buildup. And Utah fans will be able to say their team beat the Rose Bowl's winner. Stanford 21, Michigan State 17.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report from Thursday
» Teofilo, Westerman power ASU offensive line
» ASU football chat with Doug Haller
» Doug Haller's Week 3 Pac-12 power rankings

California (East Bay Tribune)
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» Jeff Tedford's recruits finding delayed success at Cal
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Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
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Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
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» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
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Washington (Seattle Times)
» Huskies morning links: UW still searching for next great punt returner
» Huskies release latest chapter of video series 'The Pursuit'
» UW volleyball rolls past Maryland in Big Ten/Pac-12 showcase
» UW soccer team wins 1-0 at Florida Gulf Coast | NW briefs

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Just tell me who won
» Friday Pac-12 links
» Ferris defeats University High 45-36
» The future of the WSU defense looked bright on Thursday



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