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The Field of 32: The College Football Playoff
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2013 National Championship Trophy

USA Today has reported that college football officials are meeting to discuss the future of the college football postseason and the possibility of a playoff. Several possibilities have emerged, with the most likely scenario being a four-team playoff, protecting (above all else) the sanctity of the traditional Pac-12 vs Big Ten match-up in the Rose Bowl.

As one who believes that the NCAA basketball tournament is the best sporting event in the world, I wish that college football would introduce the Field of 32, opening up a single elimination tournament that would captivate the sports world from mid-December until mid-January.

This format would eliminate 38 teams from the current Bowl system, but those teams could still utilize a similar NIT-style tournament during the same period of time. I'll allow someone else to divvy up those leftovers. In the meantime, look at what that tournament would have looked like last year.

A couple of rules to share on how this was set up. I used the current Bowl list and the last BCS rankings prior to the bowl season commencing to determine seeds. Teams from the same conference were not allowed to face each other in the first round, and at least one team was selected from each conference.

With that in mind, let the fun begin by taking off from work on Friday, December 9th, as you have a lot of college football to consume over the next several weeks.

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