Stanford is Rose Bowl bound after beating UCLA for the Pac-12 title. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

The Good
Stanford: Most of the pre-game hype seemed to center around how the two teams were playing each other in consecutive weeks. However, the game did not disappoint in the slightest. It was a back and forth game with UCLA jumping out front, but the Cardinal mounted a 4th quarter comeback. The tenacious front seven did its job despite allowing Johnathan Franklin nearly 200 rushing yards. This marks the 4th straight week they’ve beaten a ranked opponent, a feat that the mighty SEC teams can’t boast about.

Wisconsin: Expecting a close game between two teams that are known for running the ball and playing tough defense? The B1G Championship was certainly not that as Wisconsin and its ground game had their way with Nebraska. The Badgers scoring 8 seconds apart in the 1st was just the beginning as Ball & Co kept pounding away and the Cornhusker defense did nothing about it. The game was pretty much over in the 2nd quarter and Wisconsin just kept piling up the yards and TDs for a final of 70-31. Now they have a Rose Bowl matchup that no one predicted before the season.

The Bad
Big East: The big news out of the Louisville-Rutgers game is that there is a Big East Champion, well ok there are like 3 or 4 of them, but that’s not the oddest thing coming out of that game. The game which decided which team would go to a BCS bowl featured two schools that had recently announced that they were leaving said conference. Go figure.

Kent State: There was certainly plenty of MACtion in the title game and the Golden Flashes had a chance to get into a BCS bowl, but Northern Illinois had other ideas. A furious comeback in the 4th fell short with an INT in the 2nd OT. Now NIU is going to need alot of help if they want to make into the BCS Top 16 and into that BCS bowl. Maybe then Jordan Lynch will get some coverage who is the nation’s leading rusher, as a QB no less.

The Ugly
Georgia: WHY? Why didn’t Murray spike the ball with 15 seconds to go??? That would’ve given him two shots for the winning touchdown, the SEC Championship and a National Title berth. Speaking of whys…why did that guy catch the ball well short of the sideline??? With 4 seconds to go after the play and the guy well in bounds, time expired and Nick Lou dodged a bullet. It’s even more infuriating after a Murray INT was overturned a few plays before, giving the Bulldogs a second chance that was wasted.

Nebraska: No one was expecting the B1G Championship to turn out like that. The Cornhuskers were known for playing stout defense, but didn’t show it against Wisconsin. They got gashed for well over 600 yards and had no answer for the Badger rushing attack. A chance to become the B1G Champs in only their 2nd season in the conference went up in smoke early on. They’ll most likely play in a January bowl, but this result has to have them disappointed.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Arkansas State. The Red Wolves pitched a shutdown against Middle Tennessee for their 2nd straight Sun Belt title. In addition to keeping the Blue Raiders out of the endzone, they held them to just over 200 yards. A team from either the B1G or SEC title games might have ended up here had they not decided to each have a scorefest.

The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: The Wisconsin RBs. Obviously. Montee Ball is the star and he certainly did his part, rushing for 202 yards and 3 TDs, but he had plenty of help. Freshman Melvin Gordon had 216 yards on only 9 carries to go along with a TD of his own. James White rushed for ‘only’ 109 yards but ran into the endzone 4 times. He even threw for a touchdown. Those 3 had all but 15 of the Badgers 539 rushing yards during the game.

The Rose Bowl could provide the national stage for Stepfan Taylor to showcase his skills. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week:  Stepfan Taylor has to be one of the most underrated players in all of college football. True, he only had 78 and a TD on the ground in the Pac 12 title game, but he has been a consistent producer all season long. He has 1442 rushing yards and 12 rush TDs on the season, numbers that put him with the Kenjon Barners and Montee Balls of the sport. He has nearly 4200 career rushing yards and broke Stanford’s record for it in the title game. Maybe if he has a big game in the Rose Bowl, people will take notice.