I just read the Omaha World Herald article by Barfknecht: "Bloom off the Rose for Big Ten teams".

For the first time in a long time I completely agree with him. The Big Ten Conference needs to aspire to a higher bar than the Rose Bowl. I have never really understood the ties the Big Ten and the Pac 12 have had with the Rose Bowl. It always seemed so limiting to both conferences involved. Especially since the inception of the BCS.

Now that times are a changing, we can get back to aspiring to be the best, the top dog.............the Champion! At Nebraska we have been there mentally and are headed back there as we speak.

http://www.omaha.com/article/20120428/SPORTS/704289851