Choices Yes No, it died with the era of Woody and Bo No, it's lessened for other reasons Vote Comments Show All Comments Jason Priestas Staff 10 Dec 2010, 11:27 am Though I don't think the Rose Bowl still has the aura it once did (thanks to matchups like Oklahoma vs Washington State), there's no finer venue to watch a college football game. Especially on January 1st, when the weather is crappy in the Midwest, but 85 in Pasadena and they're serving beers in the stadium. gravey 10 Dec 2010, 8:10 pm It was sorta sickening to see those TCU players with Roses in their teeth. That bowl should be played between the Big10 and Pac10, two conferences that have a lot of positive things in common; two conferences that have similar academic traditions; similar strength of schedules; similar traditions. Other conferences play with a slightly different set of rules. Shoulda been Wisky and Stanford this season. TCU could go to some other bowl. robert goulet 11 Dec 2010, 1:24 am I'm between the top 2 responses. I love the B10-P10 matchup but I do like the nuances if the matchup works. Texas-Michigan? Good replacement. Like Jason mentioned, Oklahoma-WSU? Bad replacement. It should've clearly been Iowa-WSU that year, just like it should be Sconsin-Stanford this year. If the #1 teams from the B10 & P10 don't work out, they should bust ass to get a B10-P10 matchup that works... within reason. This year's game is still a better match than 2007 (USC vs a 9-3 Illinois team). That said, I spent my first 30 years thinking that the Rose Bowl was where you ended your football season. It was a foregone conclusion. After finally making it out there last year, I've told everyone I know that you have to make it to at least one Rose Bowl before you die. It was one of the few things in my life that exceeded expectations.