Gould Headshot squareThe good thing about rankings? They force the ranker—Rankman?—to make choices, which is entertaining and good for debate.

The bad thing about rankings? The debates are settled much more definitively when actual games are played.

I can lawyer myself up and tell you that Michigan is going to beat Ohio State. That’s the stance I’m taking because, even though I believe the Buckeyes are the safer pick, I can’t resist going out on a limb for the riskier pick. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.