True Champions: Predicting the 2010 Mythical 16-Team BCS Playoff
As the regular season comes to an end, most college football fans (except for TCU supporters) are content with a possible Oregon-Auburn BCS Championship game. Until a playoff system is in place, we are left with a sub-par bowl system that leaves us guessing.
Conference championships are thrown out and rematch games are encouraged. Using the current BCS standings for seeding, and the seven premier bowl games, here is what this year's college football playoffs would look like.
Round One (Sweet Sixteen)
No. 1 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide
Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn, Alabama
In a first round rematch of the Iron Bowl, the Crimson Tide don't have to wait a year for redemption against the Tigers. A horrible draw for Auburn, the luck of Cam Newton and the explosive Tiger offense runs out.
Nick Saban and company make key adjustments and finish off their rival with a combined 250 yards rushing from Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram. Alabama controls the tempo and time of possession during the second half. In an upset win, the Tide cruise into the quarterfinals.
Final Score - Alabama 31, Auburn 20
No.2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies
Autzen Stadium. Eugene, Oregon
Both teams meet in Eugene for an intriguing contest matching two very confident squads. The Hokies hang tough with the Ducks through a quarter and half with the game tied at 17.
With a relentless offensive pace and a rabid home crowd, the Ducks go on a 24-3 run and send the Hokies home for the season.
Final Score - Oregon 41, Virginia Tech 20
No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs vs. No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Carter Stadium. Fort Worth, Texas
The Horned Frogs welcome the Cowboys to a regional battle that presents TCU's toughest test of the season. The Big 12 offensive machine goes up against arguably the best defense in the nation.
At home in a game that comes down to the last drive, Andy Dalton and Jeremy Kerley hook up for the game winning touchdown with fifteen seconds remaining.
Final Score - TCU 38, Oklahoma State 35
No. 4 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, California
Despite fielding an 11-1 team, Stanford Stadium was rarely full and never intimidating. The Husker defense has been stout all season and possesses the talent in the secondary to match the Cardinal passing game. The Big 12 is a deeper conference than the Pac-10 and it shows against Stanford. Andrew Luck throws two interceptions and the Husker defense holds the Cardinal running game to 20 yards.
Final Score - Nebraska 24, Stanford 13
No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 12 Missouri Tigers
Camp Randall Stadium. Madison, Wisconsin
Possibly the most underrated team in the nation, Blaine Gabbert leads the Tiger offense north to Madison. The only problem is the Missouri defense never shows up.
The Badger offense scored over 200 points in their last three games. They continue to roll and simply dominate Missouri in all aspects of the game. Wisconsin easily moves on to the quarterfinals with over 500 yards of total offense.
Final Score - Wisconsin 45, Missouri 24
No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 11 Boise State Broncos
Ohio Stadium. Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye nation cringes as they see their powerful program welcome the lonely WAC squad from Idaho. Since a late November heartbreaking loss to Nevada, the Broncos are motivated and relentless in the pursuit of victory.
The Buckeye running game is less then average, forcing Terrelle Pryor to take over the game. Pryor fails under pressure and the the underdogs from Idaho are magnificent in their execution. Kellen Moore and the Bronco offense stun the home crowd in a solid victory over Ohio State.
Final Score - Boise State 38, Ohio State 24
No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 10 LSU Tigers.
Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Fayetteville, Arkansas
The first round provides another SEC rematch, as LSU travels once again this season to play Arkansas. Ryan Mallett and the Razorback offense bleeds confidence from a 31-23 victory over the Tigers to end the regular season.
Jordan Jefferson and company are often too inconsistent and the Tiger defense is unable to keep the game close. The Razorbacks lead 17-7 at halftime. Greg Childs and Mallett connect for two second half touchdowns and the home team never looks back.
Final Score - Arkansas 35, LSU 17
No. 8 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners
Spartan Stadium. East Lansing, Michigan
The Cinderella Spartans draw a difficult matchup when the Sooners come calling. Bob Stoops has Landry Jones and the Sooner offense peaking at the right time. Unfortunately for Sparty, the season hasn't provided a challenge quite like the talent and speed of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma rolls up nearly 600 yards of offense and the Spartans are clearly over-matched. The home field advantage is minimal and the Sooners roll into the quarterfinals.
Final Score - Oklahoma 52, Michigan State 10
Quarterfinals (Elite Eight)
No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners
Sugar Bowl. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana
The loyal fans of two prestigious football programs meet in the Big Easy for an epic game.
The defending champs are unable to shore up an inconsistent defense and the Sooners win the turnover battle. Jones lights up the Tide defense for over 400 yards and the Sooners hold off a late Alabama comeback attempt.
Final Score - Oklahoma 31, Alabama 27
No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks
Gator Bowl. Municipal Stadium. Jacksonville, Florida
In a travel nightmare, the Ducks and their fans travel cross country to meet Arkansas in Jacksonville. Little defense is expected before the game and little defense is presented during the game.
Mallett and Darron Thomas have their way with the opposing secondary, leaving LaMichael James as the only true difference maker. James scores the winning touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.
Final Score - Oregon 55, Arkansas 49
No. 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers
Cotton Bowl. Cowboys Stadium. Arlington, Texas
Two seas of red and white collide in Texas in this quarterfinal game. The importance of controlling the line of scrimmage and playing smash mouth football are evident from the beginning. Roy Helu Jr. runs for nearly 200 yards and John Clay counters with nearly 150 on the ground.
Tied 10-10 after three quarters, Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez coughs up the football late in the fourth. With two minutes left, Clay punches it in from six yards to give the Badgers the victory.
Final Score - Wisconsin 17, Nebraska 10
No. 11 Boise State Broncos vs. No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs
Fiesta Bowl. University of Phoenix Stadium. Phoenix, Arizona
The two non-AQ schools meet in the postseason for the third straight season. The Horned Frog defense comes out fired up, limiting the Bronco offense to 10 first half points as TCU leads 17-10 at halftime.
Moore and Titus Young explode with big third quarter efforts and take the lead 27-20 after three. The Horned Frogs get the ball with three minutes left in the game and respond with a game tying touchdown with less then one minute left.
Dalton is intercepted in the first overtime and the Broncos kick the field goal to advance.
Final Score - Boise State 30, TCU 27
Semifinals (Final Four)
No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 11 Boise State Broncos
Rose Bowl. Rose Bowl Stadium. Pasadena, California
The Ducks and Broncos meet for the third time in three years. The Broncos continue to roll after a loss to Nevada and the Ducks are riding a 14-game winning streak.
On a sunny California day, the Oregon offense simply wears down the Bronco defense. The Ducks finally defeat their Northwest foe and mark their calendar for the BCS National Championship game in Glendale.
Final Score - Oregon 42, Boise State 37
No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers
Orange Bowl. Sun Life Stadium. Miami, Florida
Loaded with talent and size on the defensive line, the Sooner defense dominates the trenches. The Badgers attempt to set the tone on the ground, only to find themselves playing tons of minutes on defense and punting the ball four times in the first half.
DeMarco Murray racks up 150 all-purpose yards in the first half, as the Sooners build a 24-7 lead. Stoops and Oklahoma control the clock in the second half, giving the Badgers little time to come back. The Sooners continue their magical run and look to claim another national title for the program.
Final Score Oklahoma 31, Wisconsin 7
No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners
BCS Championship Game. University of Phoenix Stadium. Phoenix, Arizona
While many expected the Ducks to be in Glendale, the Sooners are a mild surprise to college football nation. Both teams have no issues in terms of scoring and tend to play opportune defense.
Spreading the ball around, Jones throws for over 300 yards by the end of the third quarter. The Ducks are balanced, as James, Thomas and Kenjon Barner combine for 280 yards on the ground. Thomas also pitches in with over 200 yards passing through three quarters.
The game is tied 37-37 with six minutes left. Who will come away with the victory?
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