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Old 12-03-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default The Rose Bowl went WAY out to get Illinois...

According to the USA Today the Rose Bowl went far down the line to get Illinois in the Pasadena classic.

In accordance with BCS rules the Rose Bowl had first selection after Ohio State and LSU because the Buckeyes finished #1 in the BCS.

Some teams had a "loose tie" to one of the 4 major bowls but the Rose Bowl could have asked any one of those bowls to relinquish any team from that tie.

When asked about taking Georgia, Rose Bowl officials said that the Sugar Bowl had them in the "loose lock" but the suits in New Orleans said the boys in Pasadena never contacted them about relinquishing the Bulldogs out of their game.

Essentially, the Rose Bowl passed up these teams (in BCS order)

#3 Virginia Tech
#4 Oklahoma
#5 Georgia
#6 Missouri
#8 Kansas
#9 West Virginia
#10 Hawaii
#11 Arizona State (obviously not a choice cuz USC)
#12 Florida (eat it mush )
#13 Illinois - took 'em
#14 Boston College
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