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USC vs. Texas is the game of the decade, the game of the century, the game to end all games ... er, well, it's at least the most-anticipated college football game we've seen in a long time. But will the game on the field match pregame the hype?

Last year, for example, No. 1 USC and No. 2 Oklahoma both entered the Orange Bowl 12-0 ... and the Trojans laid a 55-19 lickin' on the Sooners. In the 2000 Sugar Bowl, Florida State walloped Virginia Tech 46-29. In the 1993 Sugar Bowl, No. 2 Alabama upset No. 1 Miami 34-13.

In other words, No. 1 vs. No. 2 in a bowl game doesn't always produce a classic (check out this list of greatest bowl games ever, which Page 2 ran a few years ago). But here our eight of the best 1 vs. 2 matchups from bowl history (based upon AP rankings entering the game). Which one is greatest? It's all a party in our final matchup as the 2003 Fiesta Bowl takes on 1987 Fiesta Bowl.

Vote early, vote often ... then go home and watch the Rose Bowl.

NO. 1 vs. NO. 2
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Winner
2003 Fiesta Bowl:
Ohio State 31, Miami 24
1996 Fiesta Bowl:
Nebraska 62, Florida 24
2003 Fiesta Bowl:
Ohio State 31, Miami 24
1983 Sugar Bowl:
Penn St. 27, Georgia 23
2003 Fiesta Bowl:
Ohio State 31, Miami 24
1987 Fiesta Bowl:
Penn St. 14, Miami 10
 
1988 Orange Bowl:
Miami 20, Oklahoma 14
1983 Sugar Bowl:
Penn St. 27, Georgia 23
1979 Sugar Bowl:
Alabama 14, Penn St. 7
1969 Rose Bowl:
Ohio State 27, USC 16
1979 Sugar Bowl:
Alabama 14, Penn St. 7
1987 Fiesta Bowl:
Penn St. 14, Miami 10
1987 Fiesta Bowl:
Penn St. 14, Miami 10
1963 Rose Bowl:
USC 42, Wisconsin 37