March Madness is no fun anymore.
Endlessly obsessing over my picks before I even submit them. Tirelessly tracking the scores of each and every game. Losing the pure enjoyment of watching an exciting college basketball game if one of my teams is eliminated.
So this year, I planned to skip the madness.
But then the light bulb went off: what if I based my selections on a ranking of the schools with the hottest students?
Bleacher Report’s own Mike McD completed an exhaustive ranking of all 120 FBS schools, as he compiled a list of college football's hottest fanbases of 2012. This list was perfect for my bracket. It included 40 of the 68 teams in the current NCAA tournament field, as many schools in the FBS also participate in Division I basketball. I was now free to remove myself from the selection process and let Mike McD's painstaking scientific research do all the work.
So here is how a March Madness bracket would look if you replaced the actual seedings with the rankings from Mike McD’s list. For each game, the team with the better ranking is selected each time. If a ranked team plays an unranked team, the ranked team is selected. And if two unranked teams play each other, you can use your best judgment. Or flip a coin. Or go to the school websites and see which one has the hotter student bodies.
Like I said, it's all very scientific.