It's officially the opening week of March Madness: the only week that college football fans—or at least the sane ones among us—will willingly say is better than anything our own schedule offers. Even Rivalry Week.
The upcoming weekend is that good.
Still, while possible to enjoy the brackets for simply what they are, it's even more fun to put them in a college football context.
These guys are all high-level athletes, after all. If they had been raised playing one sport instead of the other, many who now play Division I basketball could have played FBS football and vice versa.
That doesn't go for everyone. This list was cautious to omit overly tall players—e.g. 7'0'' Kansas center Joel Embiid—who might not survive the wear and tear of college football. They would be cheat codes in the red zone, sure, but their knees would also be targets for serious structural damage, and nobody wants to see that.
Instead, this list is 25 players who might have realistically, in a parallel universe, become college football superstars. For the sake of fairness, no team had multiple players listed. And for the sake of relevance, 24 of the 25 players are in the NCAA tournament (and the one who isn't was too good to pass up).
Chime in in the comments and tell me who I missed.