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Well, the Bowl Championship Series sure has put all of us in an awkward position (doesn't it most of the time?). Now I have to make fans of both Florida and Michigan mad.

Pound for pound, man for man, I think Michigan is the second-best team in the country. The Wolverines have better tacklers than Florida. The Wolverines have a more dependable tailback.

That being said, I don't want to see Michigan and Ohio State play again. Maybe it would be fun, but it wouldnt be fair. The Wolverines had their chance against the Buckeyes, and they played well. But Michigan didn't win.

Granted, USC lost to UCLA, but other than that, nothing has changed since Michigan lost. We still have another team besides Michigan (Florida) that deserves a chance to play Ohio State.

I could go into defending Florida's schedule and all that, but that's not what I'm trying to do. I'm not referring to strength of schedule or margin of victory or anything like that.

It's simply this: After broadcasting some of their games and comparing the teams all season, I think Michigan is – just barely – better. But I think Florida is the team that deserves to play in the title game because Michigan just lost to the other team in the championship game.

Now if Florida had lost to Arkansas, Michigan would be a clear-cut choice for No. 2. We wouldn't be in this position, and the Wolverines would get their rematch. But the BCS sure has a way of forcing us into these debates, which may be "fun" for analysts and writers and fans but which inevitably leave one school unfairly snubbed.

Anyway, the BCS is designed to get the No. 1 and No. 2 teams to play each other. The problem in this case – as in so many previous years – is that we basically have a No. 2a and a No. 2b.

I'm not sure who the fourth team would be if we had a four-team playoff. I'm sure if we had an eight-team playoff, we'd have the No. 9 team complaining. But at least a great team that lost only one game and played in a tough conference wouldn't be denied a chance to play for the championship.

And that – again – is why college football needs a playoff.