Rose Bowl teams inch closer to elite

Originally Published: December 30, 2011
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- There are between 120 and 160 plays in a college football game. Most are unremarkable. A 41-yard punt. A 3-yard run. An 8-yard pass on third and 10. But, really, who's to say one of the 22 players on the field couldn't have transformed the game if he'd just been a little bit better on any given play? A block lasting one more second, a linebacker reacting a split second quicker, the arc of a pass reduced by an inch.

Oregon lost last year's national championship game ...

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