SC beat Colorado and the Buffs just got boat raced on national TV by Washington. It was smart for the playoff committee to move USC ahead of CU and the Rose Bowl was smart in letting its matchup be made based on the poll.
It resulted in a great game and great ratings. People will be talking about this Rose Bowl 30 years from now. No one will remember CU's weak claim or how they played another stinker and got destroyed by Oklahoma State 38-8.