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2012 bowl projections: USC predicted to play Michigan in Rose Bowl

The Trojans can still play their way into the national championship game, but they'll need a lot of help and a few more wins.

Stephen Dunn

SB Nation's latest BCS Bowl projections predict the USC Trojans will be playing the Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl.

Two national powerhouses with storied traditions meeting in the "Granddaddy of them all" would be great for both programs and for the game itself.

Yes, USC has national title aspirations, but it would take a lot of changes at the top of the BCS standings for the Trojans to grab one of the top two spots. It'd be especially tough to steal one from fellow Pac-12 power Oregon, which is projected to play in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama.

But USC does still have Oregon and No. 5 Notre Dame on its schedule, so their bid to bypass the Rose Bowl for the title game is still in reach if they can pull off those two wins.

Michigan has won three straight games following their 13-6 loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 22. The Wolverines are 5-2 this season, and the Trojans are 6-1.