Since this is apparently my first Defend Michigan Day since the aftermath of Florida's selection to play Ohio State (and that turned out so well for my credibility), I suppose I'll point out that the Big Ten's claim that it has a traditional tie to the Rose Bowl is "bogus." Hmmm. From 1947 until 2001, the Rose Bowl game was exclusively the champion of the Big Ten against the champion of the Pac Ten. According to our charming friends at Rambling Racket, 54 years is insufficient to establish a tradition. That reasoning is wretched. Apparently, because the Pac Ten's tie to the Rose Bowl is longer (at least on a consistent basis; the first Rose Bowl was, shockingly enough, a game between Michigan and Stanford), they have a claim to the tradition of the game and the Big Ten does not. By that standard, Rutgers and Princeton have a claim to football tradition and no one else does because they have been playing football longer than any other program. By that standard, African-Americans cannot claim to have any tradition in connection with to Southern major-conference college football because they have been playing since the 50s and before that time, major-conference teams in the South were all white.
And yes, I do find it amusing to be lectured on tradition by a program that has a past, but no present. Georgia Tech hasn't played in a major bowl game since the 1966 Orange Bowl. Its fan base is not exactly well-positioned to lecture on what conferences or teams do and don't have ties to major bowls. I have a sneaking suspicion that fans of Michigan (16 appearances since Georgia Tech last made a major bowl) or Ohio State (9 appearances since Georgia Tech last made a major bowl) feel a greater connection to the Rose Bowl than fans of Georgia Tech. Heck, I might even be so sassy as to say that those teams have a traditional tie to the game, even if the game was once played in Durham because of fear of Zeros.