ROSE BOWL SELECTION PROCEDURES

If a Conference team is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking system it shall participate in the National Championship Game designated by the BCS.  If that is not the case, the following procedures will determine the Pacific-10 Rose Bowl Representative. The Pacific-10 Rose Bowl representative shall be that member's team with the best won-lost percentage record in Conference games. If, however, the records in Conference games of two or more members are identical, determination of the Rose Bowl representative shall be as follows:

a. Two-Team Tie.

The winner of the game between the two teams shall be the representative.

b. Multiple-Team Ties.

(1)  When three or more teams are tied in Conference play, if one has defeated all others, it shall be the Rose Bowl representative. If that is not the case, a comparison of the tied teams' records against the other tied teams shall be made and the team having the best record against the other tied teams shall be the Rose Bowl representative. If two or more teams are still tied after this comparison, the appropriate two-team or multiple-team tie-breaking procedures shall be repeated among those teams still under consideration.

(2)  If more than two teams are still tied after the process above is completed, each remaining tied team's record against the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings shall be compared, with the procedure continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, each team's collective record against the tied teams as a group shall be used.

If at any point in the process the multiple-team tie is reduced to two teams, the two-team tie-breaking procedure shall be applied.

If more than two teams are still tied after comparing their records all the way through the Conference standings, the team among the tied teams with the highest ranking in the final BCS standings shall be the Rose Bowl representative.

If a tie remains, the teams most recently earning Rose Bowl or Bowl Championship Series automatic selection shall be eliminated.

c. Ineligible Teams.

Teams ineligible to participate in the Rose Bowl shall not be included in the tie-breaking comparisons, but their game results against all other institutions shall count. In determining the Rose Bowl representative when a team is ineligible to participate in the Rose Bowl, the following shall apply:

(1) If an ineligible team(s) ties for first place, the ineligible team(s) shall be removed from the multiple-team tiebreaking comparisons and the remaining tied teams shall be compared using the appropriate tie-breaking procedure.

(2) In utilizing b-(2) above, the ineligible team(s) shall not be used for comparative purposes with the teams tied for first place.

 

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