Stanford Off To Rose Bowl With Pac-12 Title Game Win

Stanford is on its way to its second Rose Bowl in the BCS era after topping UCLA for a second straight week, this time in the Pac-12 Championship Game, 27-24, on Friday night in a much closer battle between the two teams.

Stanford will face the winner of Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game on Jan. 1, 2013. The Big Ten title game features Wisconsin and Nebraska from Indianapolis.

The second edition of the Pac-12 title game was a rematch between Stanford and the Bruins after the two teams played last weekend. The Cardinal’s win last weekend set up a Pac-12 title game where the winner would head to the Rose Bowl as Pac-12 champions, and the Cardinal will fill that role.

Last season Stanford played Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl after first appearing in a BCS bowl back in 2000, when the Cardinal played in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. A Badgers victory on Saturday would set up a rematch in 2013.

The Cardinal also took on Virginia Tech in the 2011 Orange Bowl.

UCLA is likely headed to the Alamo or Holiday Bowl.

Oregon Clinches Pac-12 Title, Rose Bowl Bid

With its 49-31 victory over UCLA in Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game, the Oregon Ducks have clinched the Pac-12’s automatic bid to a BCS bowl.

After a season in which the Ducks were among the nation’s top-ranked teams, losses to LSU and USC stopped the Ducks from making a return appearance in the BCS National Championship Game.

The Ducks, in all likelihood, are headed to the Jan. 2 Rose Bowl to play the Big Ten champion. The Pac-12 champion is automatically slated to play in the game unless the team is headed to the BCS title game. Michigan State and Wisconsin will play Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game to determine the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the BCS.

LaMichael James rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns to help the Pac-12 North division champion Ducks beat the South division champion Bruins.