The Oregon Ducks are going to the 2012 Rose Bowl, unless the UCLA Bruins can score approximately 1,000 points per minute for the rest of the evening. It'll be the sixth-ever appearance for the Ducks, who dropped the 2010 contest to the Ohio St. Buckeyes.
"The Granddaddy of them all," which I always confuse with the WWE's nickname for WrestleMania, is the oldest and most important bowl game. It is important because it is important. The game was first played in 1902, just nine years after Oregon began playing football.
It's traditionally paired the Big Ten champ against the Pac-10 victor, but that all changes, because it's the Pac-12 now. The Ducks will have to wait until Saturday night to discover their opponent -- the Big Ten Championship Game pits the Michigan St. Spartans against the Wisconsin Badgers. Sparty won Round 1 on a Hail Mary, but Wisconsin's favored by nine or 10.
Game date, time: 5 p.m. ET, Jan. 2
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
TV channel: ESPN
2010 winner and loser: TCU 21, Wisconsin 19