Trojans, Horns have clear path to Rose Bowl

Well, so much for that.

Just when it was starting to look like there might be an interesting race for second place in the BCS Standings, the championship chase suddenly became about as clear as it could be.

Style points no longer matter for the unbeaten teams. Only wins are important now. If USC and Texas run the table, they will meet for the national title in Pasadena on Jan. 4. If one of them stumbles and Alabama stays perfect, the Crimson Tide will make their first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1945 season.