College Football's Dream 64-Team Bracket Reaches the Sweet 16
Let’s just say college football had a 64-team playoff. Don't say a word, just go with it. We explored this exercise before college basketball’s bracket extravaganza began, seeding the top 64 teams from the 2012 college football season in a hypothetical bracket of our own.
Is this hypothetical at all possible? Absolutely not (hence the "hypothetical" disclaimer). Is that going to stop us from taking this one unnecessary step further? Oh, absolutely not.
We got past the seeding, listened to your “polite” feedback when it comes to our good-looking and multi-talented selection committee (a.k.a. me), and now we have actual results.
We’re not just making a hypothetical bracket. We’re having ourselves a hypothetical tournament extravaganza.
Using the results from this year’s actual college basketball postseason, we’ve gone ahead and filled in the blanks.
All the seeds that moved on in each bracket have moved on here, and the results are rather interesting considering the madness that has unfolded on the hardwood. Also, sorry, Oregon fans. Blame Gonzaga.
How did we get to this point? We've got hypothetical analysis to explain each region.
And again, before your sprint to the nearest comment section to express your displeasure, please note that these results mirror that of college basketball’s bracket.
You may now sprint to the nearest comment section to express your displeasure.
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Although other regions may differ, the South more or less played to form. The lone exception to this is Central Florida, which upset a crafty Utah State team and then took down Oklahoma, the No. 4 seed in the conference.
This is the part of the article where we tell a “Big Game Bob” joke, although I’ll pass, as tempting as it is.
UCF’s reward for being Cinderella is playing Alabama in the next round, and this very well could be the ending point of the road. On the topic of Alabama—and you’ve undoubtedly begun chanting “S-E-C” already over a hypothetical region for the past minute or so—Florida and South Carolina meet up in a fascinating game which has been given an over/under of 6.5 by my hypothetical Vegas odds maker.
OK, maybe 6.5 is a little low. We’ll call it 8.5.
Psst…Bet the under.
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Well, well, well. Down goes Oregon (playing the role of Gonzaga), and this bracket has officially been given the TNT treatment. Well, at least the top half.
If you picked Fresno State and TCU to be playing for a spot in the Elite Eight, please stop lying, because no you didn’t. Although I like Gary Patterson’s bunch in 2013, a Round 2 knockout over the Ducks didn’t seem likely here.
USC was able to walk away with an “upset” win over San Jose State, although the Stanford buzz saw proved to be too much once again in the next round. Washington’s upset win over Kansas State set up a wonderful 2011 Alamo Bowl rematch against Baylor, and the outcome was the same. Also, rest in peace, Alamo Bowl scoreboard.
Baylor will meet up with Stanford in the “Seriously, two teams couldn’t be any different” Bowl, with a spot in the Elite Eight up for grabs.
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Oh, let the Mark Richt-hot seat talks continue for the 133rd consecutive season.
You’re never quite sure how these brackets will shake out, but UGA losing to the No. 15 seed Virginia Tech (playing the role of Florida Gulf Coast, which is indeed a real place) is the biggest upset of them all. We can only assume there was a blocked punt involved, perhaps a kick return or three, and "Beamer Ball" returned to form.
The Hokies then took out Wisconsin, which sets up an all-ACC affair against Florida State. The Seminoles took down West Virginia, followed by the No. 11 seed UNC, who upset Michigan in Round 1 to get there.
On the top half of the region, we have ourselves a doozy in Round 3. Yes, we’re calling it Round e because our play-in games don’t exist and calling these play-in games “Round 1” should be outlawed and come with jail time.
Ohio State and LSU make up perhaps the finest showdown thus far,. Both cruised against opponents early on in games. A good ol’ fashion Urban Meyer-Les Miles coaching tussle is just fine in my book, and I’ve already bought a hypothetical keg of cheap beer in anticipation.
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If you’re looking for firepower, the four teams remaining in the Midwest portion of the bracket will gladly be your Huckleberry.
Notre Dame bounced back from the Alabama demolition and took out both NC State and Syracuse to move on. Brian Kelly will have his work cut out for him, however, as Teddy Bridgewater is on deck. Louisville is far from a pushover in this game.
On the bottom half, I hope you like points and carnage. Probably mostly carnage.
After beating Northern Illinois, Clemson will try to upset Texas A&M in a game that will probably take 7.5 hours and cause multiple defensive coordinators to suffer multiple anxiety attacks. Seriously, we’ll just set the over/under at “ALL” and please don’t bet the under.
Texas A&M took out both Bowling Green and Nebraska to get there, and Johnny Manziel’s combined hypothetical stat line from those two games was 599 yards passing, 367 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
I should have made those numbers more ridiculous, because that could have very well come against that Nebraska defense alone.
The Elite Eight and Final “Football” Four are still to come. I assume the hypothetical suspense is already killing you.