BCS Projections: A 12-Team Playoff That Would Trump the BCS System

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst INovember 20, 2011

BCS Projections: A 12-Team Playoff That Would Trump the BCS System

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    After all of this week's mayhem where three Top Five teams (Oklahoma State, Oregon and Oklahoma) fell and another Top 10 team (Clemson) was badly beaten on the road, the BCS was left in chaos. Throughout all of this bedlam, LSU has remained on the course, staying undefeated with a 52-3 win over Ole Miss. 

    As it is currently projected, Alabama will probably slide into No. 2 of the BCS rankings since current No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Oregon both fell.

    But is this what the public wants? Do we want to see a rematch in the BCS Championship Game?

    Teams like Oklahoma State, who lost a thriller to Iowa State on Friday, and Houston have something to say about an all-SEC National Championship Game.

    To settle all of this, a 12-team playoff would do the trick, allowing all of these teams to compete for a chance to win the National Championship. This slideshow assesses a 12-team college football playoff that would crown a champion over the course of one month. I seeded the teams myself, and teams are re-seeded after each round, meaning the lowest seed always plays the highest seed.

No. 12 Georgia at No. 9 Houston (Dec. 9)

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    To open this 12-team playoff, the No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs head to Houston to face one of the most dynamic offenses, led by Case Keenum.

    After falling to 0-2, the Bulldogs have reeled off nine straight victories, including seven straight conference wins. On the other side, Houston has not been tested all year in Conference USA, posting an unbelievable 11-0 record.

    When it comes down to it, I think Georgia will win this game by a few touchdowns. Houston has yet to face an SEC defense, and Georgia is really hot right now. The crowd might keep Houston in this game into the second half, but Isaiah Crowell and company will pull away in the fourth quarter.

No. 11 Boise State at No. 10 Clemson (Dec. 10)

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    Boise State finally gets their shot at a National Championship in a playoff, beginning their road in a hostile environment. Playing in Death Valley is always a difficult proposition for any team, especially with Tajh Boyd and Andre Ellington spearheading Clemson's offense all season.

    However, Kellen Moore has been in big games like this and has been a winner his whole career.

    I think Boise State posts a close win over Clemson as Moore caps a late fourth-quarter drive with a QB sneak to put Boise State up by four with less than a minute in the game.

No. 12 Georgia at No. 7 Oklahoma (Dec. 16)

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    This would be Georgia's second game in two weeks, and Oklahoma's first since their matchup against Oklahoma State on Dec. 3.

    After beating Houston on the road, Georgia will have a hard time beating a strong Oklahoma team led by Landry Jones. Oklahoma will be without their dynamic duo of Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley, but will have the advantage of a home game.

    Even though Georgia would be coming into this game with a lot of momentum, Oklahoma is one of the best home teams in the nation. I see Oklahoma winning this game by 7-10 points with Kenny Stills starring against Georgia's pass-defense.

No. 11 Boise State at No. 8 Virginia Tech (Dec. 17)

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    This would be Boise State's second road game against an ACC opponent in as many weeks and a rematch of a regular-season opener from a year ago.

    Virginia Tech has quietly been one of the more impressive teams this year, led by the nation's third leading rusher, David Wilson. Kellen Moore and Doug Martin head Boise State's stellar offense.

    For the second week in a row, I see Moore leading Boise State to a comeback victory on the road, with Jonathan Martin capping the drive off with a short yardage touchdown. This would send Boise State to its second trip to Death Valley—this time against the LSU Tigers instead of Clemson.

No. 11 Boise State at No. 1 LSU (Dec. 23)

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    After beating two Top 10 ACC teams, Boise State faces their stiffest test as they head to Tiger Stadium to face the best team in the country on a short week. This would be LSU's first game in nearly three weeks, giving their defense much-needed rest as they face one of the best offenses in the nation.

    I see LSU winning this game by 2-3 touchdowns, as Eric Reid, Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne shut down Kellen Moore's lethal passing attack. Boise State will probably run out of gas against the best defense in the nation.

No. 5 Stanford at No. 4 Arkansas (Dec. 23)

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    Both teams probably would not have played a game in nearly a month since both trail in their respective divisions with only one game until their respective conference championships. Both teams have very good passing attacks and quarterbacks, with Arkansas having possibly the best receiving corps and Stanford having the best QB in the nation in Andrew Luck.

    This game will be a shootout, with both teams scoring 30-plus points on each other. I think the difference in the game will be Stepfan Taylor, who will be a steady running option for the Cardinal and will likely lead Stanford past Arkansas in a close contest.

No. 6 Oregon at No. 3 Oklahoma State (Dec. 24)

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    This is the best game of the weekend, as the Cowboys and Ducks both possess explosive, big-play offenses.

    Oklahoma State has lost only once so far this season, losing a double overtime thriller at Iowa State. On the other hand, Oregon has been impressive since their loss to LSU in the season-opener, beating Stanford by three touchdowns and taking control of the Pac-12 North division.

    This game will be another shootout with two high-octane offenses going against each other. The key to the game will be both teams' defenses. As I see it, Oregon's defense seems to force more turnovers and will take a stunning victory over Oklahoma State.

No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 2 Alabama (Dec. 24)

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    The last of the weekend games fields the Top Two preseason teams of this year in Oklahoma and Alabama. The Crimson Tide's only blemish on the year is an overtime loss to LSU at home, which truly could have gone either way. On the other side, Oklahoma has lost two close games to Texas Tech and Baylor after starting the season strong with a road win at Florida State.

    Alabama's defense has been stellar all year against the pass, and I think they will continue this trend against Landry Jones, who has historically struggled on the road against Top 25 teams. If Oklahoma can get their running game going, they might have a chance, but I see Alabama pulling away in the third quarter.

No. 6 Oregon at No. 2 Alabama (Dec. 31)

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    To begin the New Year's Eve slate of games, Oregon heads to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama.

    The Ducks will need to establish the run early in this game, and LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and DeAnthony Thomas are certainly up to the task.

    On the other side, A.J. McCarron will need to protect the football and play an efficient game for Alabama to win.

    There just seems to be too much in Alabama's favor for Oregon to win this game. Even though the Ducks have three quick backs, Alabama has a great linebacker corps led by Courtney Upshaw and Dont'a Hightower, who will slow down this rushing attack. In addition, Alabama is stellar at home, and the crowd will be in the game all night long.

    I see Alabama winning this game by 7-10 points.

No. 5 Stanford at No. 1 LSU (Dec. 31)

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    LSU gets eight days rest and another home game.

    Their test: top QB Andrew Luck.

    LSU has been impressive all year long against top teams, beating both Oregon and Alabama this year. While Stanford has not really been tested all year, they have been impressive against Pac-12 competition offensively.

    LSU and Don Cheavis will find a way to slow down Andrew Luck. In addition, Stepfan Taylor will struggle against LSU's stout run-defense.

    Throw in the craziness of a Saturday night game at LSU, and I think the Tigers win this game by at least 14 points, sending them to the National Championship Game.

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 LSU (Jan. 7 at the Sugar Bowl)

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    The Sugar Bowl will host the two best teams in the nation in Alabama and LSU. These two teams played in a thriller earlier in the year, with LSU taking the game 9-6 in OT. Both defenses starred in the game, making unbelievable plays throughout. The only difference in the game is the venue, but LSU gets a home-field advantage since the game is played in New Orleans.

    The National Championship Game will live up to the hype, and both defenses will be as good as they were in the first meeting. The key to the game for both teams is the quarterbacks, and I see senior QB Jordan Jefferson outplaying A.J. McCarron in a close contest.

    Les Miles wins his second National Championship and secures himself as one of the greatest college football coaches ever.