After sitting through a pointless 30-minute debate on whether Oklahoma State or Alabama should play for the National Championship against LSU, ESPN finally revealed where our beloved Michigan Wolverines would be playing for a bowl game. Most of us anticipated playing in the Sugar Bowl but we certainly didn’t anticipate the opponent we would be matched up with: #13 Michigan vs. #11 Virginia Tech
Some might question why Michigan is in a BCS bowl. We can make the case, though, that our last loss came back in week 9 (not this past Saturday Sparty) and we handily beat a strong Nebraska team in week 11. Michigan showed why it deserved a spot in a BCS bowl down the stretch with strong defense and a high scoring offense.
Virginia Tech was the sleepier team the whole season. They had an 11-1 record prior to their conference championship game but might not have deserved the #11 ranking. They lost this past Saturday to a Clemson team that had an up-and-down season, and did so by a significant four touchdowns. There were teams that most likely deserved Virginia Tech’s spot more based on performance. Boise State had another strong season, with its only loss coming on a missed field goal against TCU. Though instead of a BCS bowl, Boise is stuck with a spot in the Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas.
Also the Big 12 officials are making a case for their teams to make a BCS Bowl. Only Oklahoma State was represented from the conference while Kansas State (a top ten team) and Baylor (with a Heisman candidate QB and big wins throughout season) were left out. Boise is the more deserving team based on performance along with Kansas State. I believe that here, revenue becomes a skewing factor, as with many of the BCS decisions. They would rather fill seats than match up the better teams.
I look forward to seeing how Michigan performs against the Hokies, though I can’t help but lament over the obvious case that has been made that money is taking over in college football. There needs to be a new system.
[Cough] …playoffs [cough].
By: Chris Swift
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