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Wait: There IS a way USC makes the Rose Bowl, if you also believe in goblins

Usc After further review, a popular term in college football this year, there is an extremely remote chance USC could still earn the Pac-10's Rose Bowl bid this year.

Earlier Sunday, Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon said he could not find a scenario in which USC could qualify for the Rose Bowl. But, Muldoon said, sportswriter Bud Withers of the Seattle Times found a route for the Trojans.

It involves, get this, a six way at 6-3.

How it works:

Oregon loses to Arizona and Oregon State

Stanford loses to Cal

Oregon State loses to Washington State, beats Oregon

Arizona beats Arizona State and Oregon, loses to USC

USC beats UCLA and Arizona

Cal beats Stanford and Washington

All teams finish 6-3, then you compare records against the others. Arizona, Oregon State and USC are 3-2. Cal, Oregon and Stanford at 2-3 are eliminated.

USC wins a three-way tiebreaker against Arizona and Oregon State.

See how easy it is? Of course, the dealbreaker in this scenario is Oregon State losing to Washington State.

-- Chris Dufresne

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

 
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