Alabama lost to LSU, and they kept it much closer then any other team. LSU is the number one team in the nation.
Iowa state, on the other hand... is a 7 loss team, and really OSU's SOS is horrible outside OU. It's really disappointing seeing them play a rematch in the bcs, but it's still the two teams with the best two resumes in the championship. I just hope it isn't a total snoozer or a just a defensive contest like the last one, I don't think anyone wants to see that again.
osu beat more ranked teams, more bowling teams, and wn their conference. alabama did beat arkansas, but arkansas barely pulled it out against texas a&m (aggie had another abortion of a second half that let arkansas make a big comeback. that's so aggie.). how does alabama have a better sos? i think their close loss to lsu is the biggest claim either team has to being #2, but they definitely had an easier schedule overall. 8 out of 10 big 12 teams went to bowls. the big 12 was deeper this year than the sec.
They don't, but neither have good OoC schedules so what you said about LSU/Alabama is correct. It really looks like both the Big 12 and SEC are going to go 6-2 in their bowls though, so I'm not really sure I'd call the Big 12 "deeper" despite the SEC east being pretty weak this year. I'd be willing to say that Bama has a tougher in conference schedule just because of Ark/LSU, and that they've have only had the slightest bump in the road and otherwise beat everyone convincingly (I know iowa state was a double overtime but... OSU really should've been able to avoid going to OT at all if they wanted to make #2.) There was also a couple calls in LSU/Bama that could have gone either way and probably prevented an OT in the first place (in Bama's favor) so that game was basically as well contested as it gets, so it's pretty easy to see why they weren't heavily penalized for losing
Anyway, great Rose bowl... I just wish I didn't miss the Fiesta