However the Trojans got there through the back door. First, the Pac 12 Champion (Washington) was promoted into the Final Four, opening up their Rose Bowl Berth. For various reasons the Rose Bowl committee bypassed the other Division Champion (Colorado) for the Trojans. So the Trojans were fortunate to be invited.
To make sure next time, it is better for the Trojans to win the Pac 12 title, then a Rose Bowl trip is guaranteed, with a chance at being promoted to the Final Four.
One step at a time, however, it was nice to see the Trojans go to the Rose Bowl and get an exciting come from behind win. A good way to finish a season that had a poor 1-3 start.