Despite the 38-24 final, the Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State wasn't really that close. The Trojans never trailed and led 31-7 at halftime in winning a record third straight Rose Bowl game over the Big Ten. USC (12-1) has as much claim as any to being crowned the nation's best team.
Of course, because the "experts" determined the Pac-10 was weaker than other top conferences, USC's six-point road loss to Oregon State in October was deemed a bigger sin than Florida losing at home or Oklahoma losing by 10 to Texas; therefore, the Sooners and Gators were picked over USC to play for the BCS title game. Wonder if these same experts noticed that the "weak" Pac-10 went 5-0 in bowl games.