We made it to the Rose Bowl by tieing for 2nd in the P12, and the team we tied with would have passed us if they weren't forced to play an extra game. They were punished for winning the P12 South.
No tears for Colorado, we beat them head to head, but there is a good argument on both sides for who "Earned" the Rose Bowl. In either case, traditionally we wouldn't have even sniffed the game, as UW is the only team that REALLY earned it. They would have been in, not us.