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If you wanted to instigate even more heated debate on the need for a college football playoff system, you couldn't have ordered up a better set of circumstances than the current one.

Any team that found itself perched at No. 1 or No. 2 and on its way to the national championship game acted as if that rarefied air was too difficult to breathe. As a result, Ohio State backed into the No. 1 Bowl Championship Series ranking without having played in the two weeks since it beat Michigan, 14-3, on Nov. 17. The Buckeyes climbed from No. 5 to No. 1 in the BCS without even putting on their helmets. And LSU got a reprieve and a ticket to the big game after failing to hold the No. 1 spot twice.

I'm not saying the wrong teams are playing for the title. Actually, I think the BCS does have it as right as you can have it. But there's plenty of arguing room.

And returning to my favorite team of the season, Hawaii, anyone who watched the undefeated Warriors until 3:40 a.m. Eastern time Sunday (I did) saw a three-touchdown comeback against Washington. You can scoff that Hawaii struggled against the lowly Huskies, but I'll remind scoffers the Warriors beat Washington by seven points and Southern California (BCS No. 7, No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, which argued it should play for the national title) defeated the Huskies by just three.

If Hawaii were to whip BCS No. 5 Georgia (No. 4 in the AP poll) convincingly in the neutral Sugar Bowl and, say, two-loss LSU registered a not-so-convincing win over Ohio State in what amounts to a home game, what does that say about who should be considered the fairest in the land?

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