What Would a 64-Team College Football Tournament Bracket Look Like?

Adam Kramer@kegsneggsNational College Football Lead WriterMarch 18, 2013

In the year 2020, when college football’s four-team playoff has proved inadequate, a 64-team playoff will be adopted, much to the chagrin of traditional fans. The suits controlling this gargantuan postseason will each purchase houses made of solid gold and matching solid gold boats. Yes, the money will flow at an obnoxious pace, although they will justify this dramatic increase in teams as a “logical next step.” 

Of course it is.

Can you envision this? You can? Well, stop that right now.

That won’t happen. We might get to eight teams, maybe eventually 16 to add a few more zeroes to those playoff paychecks, but a 64-team bracket—much like the one you’ll be scribbling about and lecturing coworkers all week on—will never be feasible. 

But…what if?

Forget about logistics, injury concerns, games played or academic conflicts (let’s all have a good laugh at that), and think about what a college football bracket would look like if we went by college basketball’s postseason format. Oh, it is glorious.

Using the results from this past season, I’ve done just that. A selection committee will be utilized once college football’s four-team playoff finally hits, and I’m playing the role of this committee until it officially debuts.

With the help of various polls, bowl results and the good ol’ eyesight test, the 64-team field has been set. Forget about those play-in games, the bracket remains 64—and only 64—in our hearts. And, because it’s our sandbox and we can do whatever we want, no team that would have had NCAA sanctions impact their eligibility was excluded. Take that, NCAA.

What would a 64-team college football bracket look like for the 2012-2013 season (aka last season)?

Please note: If your team is not included in the bracket below or you feel the seeding is somehow off, be assured it is indeed personal and the committee clearly has a personal vendetta against your school. That’s how this works, right?

For a larger look of the bracket, click here (also, yes it's the Football Four and no that's not at all corny).

Now, before you sprint to the comment section to express your displeasure with our intelligent and remarkably good-looking committee of one, please take note of the following seeding and matchup observations.

South Region

Alabama is indeed the No. 1 overall seed, which wasn’t exactly a taxing decision to make. Nick Saban’s group draws UL-Monroe “Funroe” in Round 1, an intriguing matchup for the giant killer, although this is quite the giant.

A state showdown featuring Miami and Florida is one of the most intriguing matchups in the bracket, while Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech could very well score 375 points each in their game. And for a conference showdown in the opening game, Ole Miss will try to use all its momentum to upset South Carolina as a No. 3 seed.

In terms of upsets, BYU as a No. 11 seed looks awfully tempting against Texas, a team with a defense capable of allowing the BYU offense to move the football. And while you’re always looking for that 5-12 upset, I’d stay away from it here. That Utah State team was so much better than we gave them credit for.

West Region

In my opinion, the West is the most jam-packed region of them all, unlike this year's actual bracket, of course. The strength kicks off the Oregon Ducks, the No. 1 seed, which would likely be a four-touchdown favorite over No. 16 seed Middle Tennessee State.

Stanford checks in at the No. 2 seed, and the possibility of a rematch against USC is alive in Round 2 if the Cardinal can get past Nevada. Well, the Trojans would have to upset San Jose State beforehand, a lively No. 7 seed indeed.

If you’re a fan of points, the South offers up what could be the highest scoring game of them all. Baylor and Arizona State will likely play a nine-hour game, and let’s just hope the scoreboard is triple-digit ready. Just in case.

As for upsets, don’t sleep on San Diego State as a No. 12 seed. Although Oregon State is a very deserving favorite, this one could setup as your classic 5-12 upset special. With that said, I don’t love betting against the Fightin’ In-N-Outs, especially after how well they played.

East Region

Don’t worry, Ohio State. You’re invited to our party, regardless of what the NCAA says. You’re indeed a No. 1 seed, and the path to the Final Four looks somewhat promising. Navy will try to derail this run in the opening round, although I’m not so sure a heavy dose of the option will get it done.

There are a few potential upsets in the middle of the bracket to look out for. As a No. 12 seed, Michigan State seems more than capable of taking down Vanderbilt, although moving the football consistently was, well, problematic at times last season to say the least.

North Carolina is also a very live underdog against Michigan, and to me this would make for one of the more intriguing matchups of Round 1. Much like Ohio State, North Carolina gets a pass on the sanction front. Welcome!

Georgia seems poised to make a long run as the No. 2 seed, as does Florida State. Both of these teams always perform when expectations are high, and I’m just going to stop right there and move on.

Midwest Region

Despite the fact that Alabama just scored another touchdown, Notre Dame is indeed a No. 1. The committee didn’t do them any favors, however, as both Texas A&M and Clemson are licking their chops at a potential spot in the Football Four.

Northern Illinois and Toledo will kick things off, MACtion style, which will undoubtedly end on some sort of ridiculous last-second play or football explosion. Ohio and Bowling Green also represent the MAC in this portion of the bracket, and both will have their work cut out for them with Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater serving as first-round obstacles.

Although upsets may be tougher to come by, perhaps Texas Tech will recapture some 2011 Ticketcity Bowl magic and takes down that little giant Northwestern. Outside of that, proceed with caution.

We’ll report the findings of how the actual bracket would shake out if the football teams were in place, but the seedings in each region held to form. In the meantime, how do you think the committee fared?

Please send all discrepancies to JustRememberThisIsaHypothetical@PredictedOveraction.com or share your comments below.


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