Every 3rd RB is now a playoff game, meaning teams outside the top 4 can't get in, even Pac-12 champions.
But what was the RB before 1998? We have a huge bias twoards it because we are Pac-10 fans and it was programmed into us at an early age but I'm old enough to remember some people used to do a lot of bitching about the traditional Rose Bowl matchup.
"Do we really have to play another crappy Big 10 team? That will do nothing for us in the final polls. Other teams in better bowls will leap frog over us and we will miss out on a national title. Why can't we play Oklahoma, or Nebraska, or Miami, or FSU, etc.?"
I heard a lot of that back in the '70s, '80s, and '90s amd I'm sure Big 10 fans said the same thing. Not for every game, obviously, but for quite a few.