With all due respect to Michigan fans, who watched the Wolverines have an amazing return to prominence this season under Brady Hoke, there is no way they deserve to be in the BCS.
Crossstate rivals Michigan State lost by three points to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and dropped from 13th in the BCS to 17th, getting leapfrogged by a host of teams including, you guessed it, Michigan.
If there is one signifying factor in this year's BCS selections that proves the system is broken, it's that three of the at-large teams this season didn't even play in their conference title game.
It's obvious that Stanford (or Oregon) benefited from both teams not being in the Pac-12 title game. Alabama clearly benefited more than anyone by not qualifying for the SEC title game because the Crimson Tide are in the same division as LSU. But Michigan gets into the BCS because Michigan State lost a game against Wisconsin. That's the real reason.
Look, I get that the computers have the Spartans at No. 21, but it's ridiculous that a team like Michigan State is ostensibly punished by playing in its title game and the sole beneficiary is their archrival which it beat for the chance to play in that title game.
And yes, Michigan is a huge national draw, but let's be honest here: the team that got screwed more than Michigan State is clearly Boise State, who lost one game this season, finishing seventh in the BCS standings, but missed out on the BCS and has to play in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 22nd against a 6-6 Arizona State team.
That is an embarrassment.
The fact is, Boise State could, and perhaps should, have been in this game instead of Virginia Tech too. Heck, Kansas State could have a reason to complain about it too, if they didn't get themselves into the best non-BCS game possible. Even Baylor is ranked ahead of Michigan. But none of those teams have the same drawing power as Michigan or, to a lesser extent, Virginia Tech.
The system is a joke.
As for the "watchability" of the Sugar Bowl, I'm sure it will be a fine contest, and Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will add to the big-game feel of the telecast. There are still three games I feel football fans would rather watch. You can always DVR the Boise State game and watch it later.