A: Yes. The Rose Bowl would replace the Ducks with a team from the Pac-12 so long as that team finishes top 14 in the final BCS standings.
The Rose Bowl's first priority is to keep the game a traditional Pac-12/Big Ten pairing. That was clear in 2007 when Pasadena passed over better teams to take Illinois (9-3) to play USC. Illinois was ranked No. 13 in the BCS.
If Oregon is lost, the replacement team would probably be Stanford if the Cardinal is 10-2 and the highest-ranked available Pac-12 team. If no other Pac-12 is available, the Rose Bowl will pick an at-large team to replace Oregon.
Q: Oregon vs. Ohio State in Rose Bowl would be very grand.
A: Oregon and Ohio State would not be happy if both are undefeated, but this is the Rose Bowl's dream scenario. Granddaddy might host the top four teams in a span of six days.
It happens only if the top four teams win out and Florida State passes Oregon for No. 2 in the BCS. (Note: Most experts think Oregon would be No. 2 in that scenario.)
In our dream scenario, though, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 3 Oregon could play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 followed by No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Florida State in the same stadium Jan. 6.
The Rose Bowl, in effect, would be hosting two national semifinal games a year before the four-team playoff begins. The problem this year is the winners could not meet.
The Rose Bowl will host one of two semifinal games next year, when the playoff replaces the BCS, with the winner going to the title game at AT&T Stadium in Texas.
There are some interesting scenarios out there.
Q: Who makes less sense, Mark May or Lou Holtz?
A: I'm guessing it might be Lou Holtz, although I can never understand a word he's saying.
I swear I heard Lou say last year that Temple was so bad they couldn't beat Synagogue, but I must have been dreaming.
Holtz is always crystal clear, though, when he refers to USC as "Southern Cal" because he knows the Trojans hate that. USC would rather be called "the Flying Kiffins."
He looks like smart things should come out of his mouth. Maybe they do on commercial breaks.
Q: ESPN referred to Nebraska as a "traditional conference power." How long does it take to make tradition these days?
A: Tradition in the Big Ten is like Cup-a-Soup. Just add water and set the microwave for two minutes and you get instant Nebraska.
As hot as Bo Pelini runs after a loss, though, you should open the lid and let the contents cool down before serving.
Nebraska was a "traditional" conference power in the Big 12, but this is only the Cornhuskers' third season in the Big Ten. Nebraska is 24-10 with no league titles and a loss at Minnesota. The Cornhuskers gave up 70 points to Wisconsin in last year's Big Ten title game and 63 to Ohio State during the regular season.
Jim Nantz of CBS calls Nebraska in the Big Ten "a tradition unlike any other."