Ohio State suffered its first loss of the season at Wisconsin on Saturday, meaning there are no undefeated teams remaining in Division I. But you don't need to be unbeaten to play for the national championship.
With less than a month until Selection Sunday, which 68 teams figure to be dancing?
As always, I am not trying to guess how teams will finish the year. I am simply seeding them based on their current résumés.
I like to break teams down into three categories:
1. "Wallflowers" are bubble teams because everyone wants to get into the Big Dance, but not all have the guts to ask a girl out onto the dance floor.
2. Elite teams are safely in the field—"Dancing with a Hottie."
3. In the middle are the schools that are "Dancing with Their Sister."
Last year, I placed 22nd out of 83 bracketologists across the country in my final projections, ahead of Joe Lunardi of ESPN, Yahoo!, Rivals.com and the two other guys from Bleacher Report.
You can also check out my projections on FoxSports.com.
The tournament will be expanding from 65 to 68 teams for the first time this year, and while that is completely ridiculous, at least it's not 96 teams. Because of this, I'll begin my projections this season with my two First Four at-large matchups. The two First Four automatic bid games will be listed at the bottom of this article.
(12a) Cincinnati vs. (12d) Richmond
(12b) Florida State vs. (12c) VCU
First eight teams out: Gonzaga, Cleveland State, Wichita State, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Clemson, Alabama.
The projections will be presented in slideshow format from now on, with each major conference receiving its own slide. First up is the ACC.