Predicting How an 8-Team 2012 BCS Championship Playoff Would Pan Out

Randy ChambersAnalyst INovember 14, 2012

Predicting How an 8-Team 2012 BCS Championship Playoff Would Pan Out

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    A four-game playoff is coming soon to a college football team near you.

    The news is slowly releasing on how everything will work when the new format will take place and it is going to be loads of fun for everybody involved with this wonderful sport.

    But the playoff doesn't take place until 2014, so in the meantime, we are forced to create our own playoff for the 2012 season. Yes, while everybody is out there arguing which of the three remaining undefeated teams in the BCS rankings deserve to make it in the big game, we are going to put eight teams in a playoff system and let them battle it out.

    If only this were to actually take place this season and everybody didn't have to dream.

    Each team will be positioned based on how they finish the regular season and will be seeded in an eight-team playoff single-elimination format.

    You ready?

    Here goes.

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 8 Georgia

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Quarterfinals

    How Each Team Got Here: Oregon runs the table, including a win over another solid team in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Georgia finishes with a one-loss regular season, but ends up losing a close one in the SEC Championship. It was good enough to keep the Bulldogs in the playoff hunt, but enough to drop them in the rankings to play the No. 1 overall seed.

    Prediction: This is a matchup between the real consistent and inconsistent teams in the country. While Oregon is completely running through teams, Georgia has shown two different personalities throughout the year. A tough Bulldogs defense is good enough to slow down the Ducks offense, but you are never quite sure which Georgia team is going to show up. This is the playoffs and I simply can't take a chance on an inconsistent club that decided it didn't want to play this week.

    Oregon wins: 38-27

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 5 LSU

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Quarterfinals

    How Each Team Got Here: Notre Dame finishes the season with an undefeated record, but pollsters still look at the Irish as the weakest link between the other unbeaten teams. LSU then sneaks up a few spots with Georgia losing the SEC Championship and Florida losing to Florida State at the end of the year.

    Prediction: Both teams are extremely similar, as they both have mighty offensive issues, but play remarkable defense. Whichever team ends up scoring 10 points in this contest could walk away with the victory into the next round. However, the Irish have yet to see a team as physical as the Tigers. LSU is a different type of team and will look to run the ball and wear down that Notre Dame defensive front. It won't be easy for either squad, but physical teams that have that grind-it-out style usually do well in football playoff games.

    It doesn't get much better than LSU in that situation.

    LSU wins: 13-10

No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 6 Texas A&M

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Quarterfinals

    How Each Team Got Here: Alabama wins out the rest of the year. It also jumped Notre Dame because of the SEC Championship victory, while the Irish don't have a big game to use to their advantage. Texas A&M finishes the year with an impressive 10-2 season and moves up because of a few teams losing ahead in the polls.

    Prediction: And here we go again, as this would be the matchup that everybody would be focused on. The Aggies went into Tuscaloosa and handed the Crimson Tide their first loss in over a year, and it was something Nick Saban hasn't forgotten. It is hard enough to beat Alabama once in a season, so you have a better shot of winning the lottery than doing it twice. Saban develops a mastermind plan on how to stop Johnny Manziel and Alabama earns its revenge on the freshman quarterback.

    Alabama wins: 31-21

No. 2 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Florida State

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Quarterfinals

    How Each Team Got Here: Kansas State finishes the year unbeaten and earns the No. 2 overall seed. Florida State barely gets into the playoffs after getting help from a few other programs and beating the rival Florida Gators at the end of the year.

    Prediction: Florida State has coughed the ball up more times than it has forced turnovers, while Kansas State has the best turnover margin in the country (2.10). The Seminoles are 10th in the ACC in penalty yardage, while the Wildcats have the fewest penalty yards in all of college football (25.1). Kansas State also has a dynamic playmaker at the quarterback position. Florida State has a senior that can get rattled at times and force a few bad throws.

    The things that have helped Kansas State get this far will help move the Wildcats onto the next round.

    Kansas State wins: 17-10

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 5 LSU

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Semifinals

    How Each Team Got Here: Oregon beats a shaky Georgia team that failed to show up in a playoff game, and LSU barely squeaks by a Notre Dame squad in a defensive battle.

    Prediction: It used to be that these Pac-12 schools would run up the score against other Pac-12 schools, but once it ran into an SEC school, all of the fun and games came to an end. We saw it with Oregon against Auburn in the 2010 national championship and saw the Ducks get embarrassed last season against LSU in the season opener.

    But this Ducks team is a little different, as they are scoring much faster and playing at a rate college football may have never seen before. The offense is firing on all cylinders and the defense of Oregon isn't too shabby with a ball-hawking secondary and a physical defensive line. The LSU defense did allow Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to do his thing for a half; I would think Oregon has enough offensive weapons to do what it takes to pull out a victory in four quarters.

    Oregon shocks SEC country!

    Ducks win: 28-21

No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 2 Kansas State

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Semifinals

    How Each Team Got Here: Alabama made up for a loss to Texas A&M by beating the Aggies in a playoff game, while Kansas State took advantage of a favorable matchup against the Florida State Seminoles.

    Prediction: After seeing Johnny Manziel twice in one season, Alabama has enough experience on how to stop a dual-threat quarterback that it is bad news for Collin Klein. The Texas A&M freshman is actually a better passer than the Kansas State senior, which actually makes the job a little easier for Saban's defense.

    The magical run for Kansas State quickly comes to an end, as playing two tough defensive-minded teams in a row is simply too much to overcome.

    Alabama wins: 35-24

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 3 Alabama

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    Round Matchup Takes Place: Finals

    How Each Team Got Here: Both programs have taken care of business throughout the playoffs and it has created the matchup that many fans across the country wanted to see to begin with.

    Prediction: It is really a question of whether or not the Oregon offense is able to score on this Alabama defense. It is also a mystery of whether the Ducks will be able to stop a power running game of the Crimson Tide, which now features speedy playmaker T.J. Yeldon. The Oregon offense is fun to watch and the defense has drastically improved, but this Crimson Tide team is experienced and physical on both sides of the ball.

    Alabama also has a coach that doesn't lose big games very often in Nick Saban. The game would be one for the ages, but I can't pick against the Crimson Tide due to the physicality of the Alabama defense and solid running game.

    Alabama wins: 28-24