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Who will win the Rose Bowl?
It's the 100th edition of the Granddaddy of Them All, and the two teams involved certainly won't lack passion. Stanford, which won the Rose Bowl a year ago, might have been thinking national title earlier in the year, but certainly didn't let any disappointment show during its dismantling of Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game. Michigan State? It hasn't played in the Pasadena, Calif., bowl since 1988, and just knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State to get here. In other words, it should be a good one.
Pac-12 -- Stanford vs. Arizona St.
There's no national title slot on the line in this Pac-12 championship game. Nor was there much in the way of BCS National Championship talk out West, what with the league's top teams beating each other up late in the year. Another big surprise: the rise of the Arizona State Sun Devils, who went from also-ran to hosts of the conference's title contest. Can Todd Graham's team seal the deal? Or will the Cardinal match their two-touchdown September victory over ASU in Palo Alto, Calif.?
Mariota's Heisman chances
Thursday's 26-20 loss to Stanford dealt a severe blow to Oregon's BCS title aspirations, but how will it impact Marcus Mariota's Heisman hopes? The Ducks' superstar quarterback delivered an underwhelming performance against the No. 5 Cardinal. Does Mariota still have a shot at the Heisman? Who gets your vote right now?