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Even if Colorado loses in Pac-12 title game, USC could be out of Rose Bowl, but it shouldn't

Even if Colorado loses in Pac-12 title game, USC could be out of Rose Bowl, but it shouldn't

From rags to Roses, USC’s twisting path to bowl glory finally looks straight and smooth, right?

Washington beats underdog Colorado on Friday in the Pac-12 Conference championship game. Washington is swept up into a College Football Playoff semifinal. USC swoops in to claim the Rose Bowl bid ahead of Colorado because both teams will have three losses and, back in October, USC beat Colorado.

A nice and simple ride up the 110 Freeway, right?

Wrong. Trojans fans, stop counting roses before your hands get bloody. Trojans fans, prepare for one more detour.

All indications are that even if Colorado loses, the eighth-ranked Buffaloes will get the Rose Bowl bid...

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