Florida jumped in front of Michigan yesterday in the coaches poll, every computer ranking and ultimately the BCS standings for the right to play Ohio State in the Tostitos Championship Game. The main argument for Florida over Michigan is that it went through the SEC schedule with only one loss and won the conference post-season championship. I understand the argument that Michigan shouldn’t make it because it didn’t win it’s conference (that was won by the #1 team in the country), but at least Michigan has proven itself outside of the conference. How can we make the determination that the SEC is so good when they don’t beat anyone out of conference? Of the top 5 teams in the SEC (Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee) only one team, Arkansas, played a ranked opponent outside of the SEC…and they lost 50-14 at home.
Michigan on the other hand played #2 Notre Dame and handily beat them 47-21 in South Bend. Though many have called Notre Dame overrated, they will still be playing in a BCS Bowl game.
Some other points of interest:
Michigan’s only loss was to #1 Ohio State. Florida’s only loss was to #11 Auburn, who did not earn a BCS Bowl bid.
Florida finished 3-1 against ranked opponents (teams who were either ranked at the time or finished ranked), beating LSU (#9 pre-game, #4 final BCS), Tennessee (13, 17), and Arkansas (8, 12) and lost to Auburn (11, 9)
Michigan finished 2-1 against ranked opponents, beating Wisconsin (unranked, finished 6th) and Notre Dame (2, 11) and lost to Ohio State (1,1).
In the end you can go with either team…I just wish they went with Michigan after voting them the second best team in the country for weeks.