A reader posed a very interesting question during my Monday chat, and I'd like your input.
Chris from Santa Monica, Calif., asked if it was better to be Michigan State or Michigan this year. In other words, would you rather win a Big Ten division title, defeat your rival head-to-head and play for the league championship and go to the Outback Bowl, or lose the head-to-head meeting and the division but still make it to the Allstate Sugar Bowl?
The answer is not as easy as it might sound. The Spartans have bragging rights over Michigan after beating the Wolverines by two touchdowns. They can call themselves division champs, and they had it in their own hands to go to the Rose Bowl. But Michigan is going to a BCS game, and a Sugar Bowl banner will look a lot better than an Outback one.
Clearly, this is an issue that has Michigan State steaming. The Spartans actually paid a price for playing in the Big Ten title game and losing.
"Michigan sat on the couch and watched," Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins said Saturday night. "I don't see how you get punished for playing and someone else gets to sit on the couch and get what they want."
Michigan defensive end Ryan Van Bergen didn't have a whole lot of sympathy for Cousins or the Spartans.
"If he wants to go sit on a couch and watch us play in the Big Ten championship game, then he can do that," Van Bergen said. "We would have loved to trade places and have that chance and have that opportunity. All complaints aside, they had an opportunity to go the Rose Bowl, it was sitting right in front of them and they didn't seize the opportunity."
You don't even have to be a fan of either team to play this game, but it's not hard to envision this scenario happening to several other schools. So who would you rather be: the team that won in the regular season or the one that reaped the postseason reward? Vote in our poll now.