So, the other MGoPoll that went up today asking who will win a national championship first, Football or Basketball, got me thinking a bit, so I thought I'd throw up another here.
This year, for the first time in seven tries, we can hold our heads high when thinking about The Game. Unfortunately, we're now sitting on an 0-4 due to a localized trash tornado in East Lansing. Meanwhile, in basketball, things are beginning to break back towards even versus the wicked witches of the West and South, having split the H/A schedule with each this year.
I personally am of the belief that when a classic rivalry game becomes too one sided, it not only hurts the losing team's national perception, but the winning team's as well. The big rivalry games are sometimes the only time that sports fans and reporters from far away see a given team all year. If that rivalry game fails, even the winning team will lose national perception because not as many people will pay attention to them.
So, my question is this. If the football OR basketball team is going to win an NC sometime in the near future, which game of the four big games is most beneficial to our national profile to have it be close, competitive and full of talent?
I personally think that the nature of the tournament makes basketball rivalries a little less important on a national scale, but then again, when one program falters, that's one less "marquee" win. Still, I think M and OSU both benefit the most from The Game being competitive.