LTP has the fortune of attending tonight's BCS National Championship between Texas and Alabama at the Rose Bowl. I'm surrounded by Longhorn Nation as I married in to a "Hook 'Em Horns" family. Obviously my mind turns wistfully to the 1996 Rose Bowl and our close flirtation to national champion status. As I wander the LA area and kibbitz with Crimson Tide and Texas fans I can't help but think what it would be like if Northwestern were in the title game. As preposterous as it may sound, we were on the brink 14 years ago and have built a program that while not quite at the BCS level just yet, I ask why not us?The buzz among any fan I talk to out here is about how much they respect Fitz and how incredible the Outback Bowl game was. The unspoken is that we're not at their level quite yet,...

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