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If Big Ten fans feel a little slighted by the BCS, you really shouldn't blame them.
In 2006, Ohio State and Michigan got together for their annual grudge match in one of sports' all-time greatest rivalries. But this time, things were a little different.
Over the decades, people had become accustomed to seeing a Michigan-Ohio State game have a direct impact on the Big Ten title.
But what was so special about this installment was the fact that both teams were not only 11-0 heading into the game, but Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in the nation while Michigan was ranked No. 2.
In a hard-fought game that saw Michigan's comeback effort fall just a few points short, Ohio State edged into the BCS National Championship Game. Immediately, talk began to center on what should happen to Michigan. Should the Wolverines—clearly one of the best teams in the nation—get another shot at the Buckeyes?
Most Big Ten fans said, obviously, yes. After all, the alternative was a one-loss Florida squad that had lost to a two-loss Auburn team. Michigan's only loss was on the road to the undefeated and undisputed No. 1 team in the nation, Ohio State.
SEC and Florida fans, of course, railed against the moronic possibility of seeing a rematch in the title game. Michigan had its shot, right? Why would we want to see that game again?
The BCS agreed, and Florida—not Michigan—played for the national title.
It's probably important to note at this point that those same SEC fans who thought the idea of a Big Ten rematch in the title game in 2007 was so stupid were the same SEC fans who relished in the "obvious" choice to have Alabama and LSU meet in a rematch in the 2012 title game. Apparently irony and hypocrisy aren't big concepts across Dixie.
The controversy may have had another, more disastrous impact. Both Michigan and Ohio State lost their respective BCS bowl games.