With a 34-22 win over the USC Trojans, the Cardinal's will be headed to the Rose Bowl and not the BCS Championship they were hoping for. Both Alabama and Clemson won, knocking them out of playoff contention.
Every fall Sunday, starting when I was five years old, my father turned the dial of our black-and-white TV to the CBS broadcast of the New York Giants game. The oldest of three girls, I was clearly the son that wasn't.
The SEC has ruled the landscape of college football for seven years by producing seven straight national champions. And yet, while the Alabama's, LSU's and Georgia's of the world continue their impressive runs, it is the Pac-12 that may just be the best conference in college football today.