#4 Michigan State will make its first BCS bowl appearance in the Rose Bowl. In the BCS era, #5 Stanford is 1-1 in the Rose Bowl and 2-2 in all BCS bowls. The team is 1-1 vs. Big Ten opponents in the BCS era.
The Michigan State Spartans are 12-1, 8-0 in the Big Ten, 1-1 in AQ OOC games this season, and are going for their second quality win. The Stanford Cardinal is 11-2, 7-2 in the Pac-12, 1-0 in AQ OOC games, and is seeking its fifth quality win and second upset win of the season.
The Pac-12 is 7-5 in the Rose Bowl and 13-7 in BCS bowls. The Big Ten is 3-9 in the Rose Bowl and 12-14 in BCS bowls.