I have just been handed a news bulletin. As of this second, every article about March Madness brackets must begin by mentioning that the bubble is soft.
Before, it was merely a custom. But now, it seems it's the law.
So how about that bubble this year, huh? It is soft, man. And I'm talking Limburger soft. In fact, it is so soft...
How soft is it?
It is SO soft that...well, you know what, I'm actually not very good at these.
But suffice it to say that when a bubble is this soft, it's a little more difficult to pop. That's probably why the bracket projections are fluctuating so heavily with every game. Bubblicious just 24 hours ago, Colorado likely locked down a bid with its win last night over Kansas State. Teams like Penn State are still potential participants despite losing 13 games.
Just two days before Selection Sunday, it doesn't seem like this thing is ever going to burst.
Yet burst it will. Give or take, 20 teams are still viable candidates for half that number of at-large bids. So even in a top-heavy field like this one, inevitably teams with respectable résumés will be watching from the sidelines when the lights go down and the Miley Cyrus goes up.
Here are 10 teams that, barring a major conference tournament run, are likely to get screwed when they dole out the tickets to the dance this Sunday.