Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
I have always been a strong advocate of a playoff system in college football and have criticized the BCS over and over again regarding its inability to fix the problems that arise each and every year with a formula that quite simply hasn't worked.
My apologies to the Maize and Blue, but I definitely think the BCS got this one right, as the Florida Gators and Ohio State Buckeyes will battle it out in Glendale for the national championship on January 8th.
Those who believe that Michigan should get a second chance at Ohio State don't really have a leg to stand on if looked at objectively.
The Wolverines had their opportunity to knock off the top team in the land and failed to do so. I don't want to hear about the poor field conditions, as some Michigan faithful have tried to point out. The death of Bo Schembechler is another reason I have heard in explaining the loss.
Stop it already.
The truth of the matter is that the Wolverines played inspired football in Columbus a few weeks ago and certainly didn't seem negatively affected by the death of the legendary Michigan leader in the game. The team gave everything it had, but was unable to come out on top. It was an epic battle that will surely go down as the best game of the season. In reality, the outcome wasn't as close as the final score indicated. OSU took control in the second quarter and although Michigan made a valiant effort the rest of the way, the fact is that Ohio State responded with a timely score each and every time to keep the Wolverines at arm's length. That is what great teams do and OSU certainly did its job in holding on to the top spot in the polls and punch its ticket to Glendale.
So, let me try to understand the argument for the Wolverines getting a second chance at Ohio State. Michigan played great in Columbus but lost, therefor, give the team another opportunity. What would happen then if Michigan somehow won that game? Would we have to go best of three or five for that matter?
Why shouldn't Florida be afforded the same chance that Michigan got?
Urban Meyer's Gators lost their only game of the season at Auburn (27-17) back on October 14th.
Urban Meyer's Gators lost their only game of the season at Auburn (27-17) back on October 14th. The team then buckled down and won six straight to capture the Southeastern Conference crown, arguably the toughest conference in college football. Florida posted huge conference wins over Tennessee (21-20), Alabama (28-13) and Georgia (21-14) and capped that off with an impressive win over Arkansas in the SEC title game (38-28). The matchup with Ohio State is an intriguing one because there aren't many programs at the Division I-A level with the kind of team speed that Florida possesses, especially on the defensive side of the ball. This Gators' unit may be just the right defense to handle the explosive Buckeyes and really disrupt the things that Heisman winner Troy Smith likes to do offensively. The bottom line is that the Gators shouldn't be punished and denied an opportunity to play the Buckeyes, simply because the Wolverines almost won in Columbus.
Are the top two teams in the country playing for the national title in January? Maybe, maybe not.
For the Michigan fans that believe the second best team in the country resides in Ann Arbor. You may be right. And if the Wolverines can knock off USC in the Rose Bowl, that is exactly how they will finish in the final polls.