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Is the Rose Bowl relevant anymore?

The "Grandaddy of them all" is now just a "Grandaddy", and becoming increasingly irrelevant in the college football scheme.  No, I'm not being bitter about the Penn State loss that reduced us to the Grandaddy Bowl (featuring a Grandaddy coach might I add).  The Rose Bowl has a lot of traditions and history, but would any of us give that up for Miami right now?  Yup.

It's really surprising how journalists who write despicable articles with perverse intentions on ruining PSU's reputation want us in the Rose Bowl.  They say because of the Big Ten's performance in previous championship games, PSU does not deserve to go to Miami.

But they want us in the Grandaddy Bowl.  What a great consolation prize.  And what are our chances of winning the Rose Bowl?  Do we even deserve to go to the Pasadena?  Well, if we used the prevailing logic of journalists these days, let's see how the Big Ten faired in the Rose Bowl this century.

  • 2000    Wisconsin: 17        Stanford: 9
  • 2001    Washington: 34      Purdue: 24
  • 2004    USC: 28                 Michigan: 14
  • 2005    Texas: 38               Michigan: 37
  • 2007    USC: 32                 Michigan: 18
  • 2008    USC: 49                 Illinois: 17

Hmmm...1 win and 5 losses?  Doesn't look very good for PSU, whether we're playing USC or Oregon State.  Hell, Washington looks good right about now since they're playing in the same conference.  It's all about the conference these days, right?

Thanks for losing thrice, Wolverines!

But do we care that the Big Ten went 1 - 5 at the Grandaddy Bowl in the last 8 years?  Has Mandel/Forde/Dienhart/May/Holtz/Herbstreit/Corso opined how Penn State would get creamed because of previous conference debacles?  Do players, fans, and alums really dream for a traditional, old bowl game instead of the crystal pigskin?

No, no, and no.

Maybe I'm being presumptuous that we're even going to the Rose Bowl.  But really, does it matter at this point?

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