Sugar Bowl 2012: Why Michigan Is the Biggest Winner of the LSU-Alabama Rematch

Alex CallosCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 19:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines cheers on his team from the sideline while playing Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With LSU and Alabama likely headed for a rematch for the BCS National Championship, it appears likely that Michigan is the big winner as it is headed for the Sugar Bowl. 

Michigan is currently ranked No. 16 in the latest BCS Standings, and would have to move up two spots to No. 14 in order to be eligible for an at-large selection.  

With the losses by Georgia, Oklahoma, Houston and Michigan St., the Wolverines will need to jump two of those teams to be eligible. 

Georgia was previously ranked No. 14 and likely will drop below Michigan after being dismantled in the second half by LSU. 

Oklahoma has a chance to drop from No. 10 after its bad loss to Oklahoma St. and Michigan St. would need to drop from No. 13 after losing to No. 15 Wisconsin. 

There is also a chance No. 6 Houston could drop all the way behind Michigan with its blowout loss to Southern Miss. 

If two of these four teams drop, then it appears Michigan will be headed to the Sugar Bowl. 

The question remains if Michigan really deserves a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl given its resume. It did not even qualify for the Big Ten championship and has only played two ranked teams the entire season, going 1-1. 

Michigan did not have to play Wisconsin or Penn St. in the regular season and benefited from a favorable schedule.

As one of the biggest and most successful programs in the history of college football, the draw is obviously there for Michigan to go to the Sugar Bowl, but it is obvious there are teams who deserve a BCS game more than the Wolverines. 

A one-loss Boise St. team, who will be ranked No. 5 later today when the BCS standings come out, is a name that comes to mind. 

The Broncos are used to getting hosed by the BCS every year, so this will be nothing different. 

Michigan St. also has an argument, considering it beat Michigan in the regular season and won the Legends Division of the Big Ten. 

Either way, it looks like Michigan is headed to the Sugar Bowl and as undeserving as it is, it is now a player again in the college football landscape. 

This season, however, it can consider itself the big winner when it comes to lucking into a bowl it truly deserves no part in.