I am just as biased for USC as Tracy Dodds and the sports editor are for UCLA, but I believe my comprehension seems to be a bit better than either of the above. Provisions of the Pac-10 Conference state specifically that the champion of the conference will represent said conference in the Rose Bowl. USC and UCLA had the same records, but by virtue of USC's victory over UCLA, USC was declared the conference representative and therefore the champion .
Editor's note: Specifically, Chapter 6, Section 1 of the Pac-10 bylaws says about championship determination: "The football champion is that member's team with the highest winning percentage in all conference games. If that percentage is shared by one or more member's teams, a co-championship shall exist."
Congratulations to the co-champions.