This would have been a perfect Rose Bowl for the USC Trojans, except for the one thing they couldn't control. They couldn't pick their opponent. The sixth-ranked Trojans routed Illinois 49-17 on Tuesday and showed the rest of the country that, yes, maybe they are the best team in college football right now. Certainly, a better test might have come against Georgia or Virginia Tech, or maybe next week against Ohio State in the national title game.
Did Illinois even belong in the Rose Bowl?