What would occur in a 64-team college football joint for 2017?

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How come a hoops junkies get to have all a fun in March?

Yeah, we have open football to keep us from going into finish withdrawal, yet that’s not a same as a genuine thing.

So we’re going to take a page out of Washington State manager Mike Leach’s playbook and emanate a possess chronicle of Mar Madness in football. Leach has suggested college football should revoke a series of regular-season games to 10 and use a 64-team margin to confirm a inhabitant championship.

We’ve dynamic his call — and regulating ESPN’s preseason FPI rankings as a beam — have seeded a teams 1-64 and will play out a 2017 postseason spin by round, usually like they do in hoops.

Sit back, second-guess divided (as if that ever happens in college football) and have some fun. Remember, there’s a lot of projection concerned and maybe even some fantasy, too. we can already hear “One Shining Moment” personification in a background.

We’ll cut it down to a Sweet 16 today.


The bracket

1-seeds: Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida State

2-seeds: Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Penn State

3-seeds: Washington, Wisconsin, Stanford, USC

4-seeds: Georgia, Louisville, Florida, Miami

5-seeds: Notre Dame, Michigan, TCU, Tennessee

6-seeds: Oregon, NC State, UCLA, Texas

7-seeds: Washington State, Oklahoma State, Texas AM, Baylor

8-seeds: Northwestern, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Kansas State

9-seeds: Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi State

10-seeds: Iowa, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Georgia Tech

11-seeds: Pittsburgh, Colorado, Memphis, Missouri

12-seeds: Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Duke

13-seeds: Oregon State, South Florida, Utah, BYU

14-seeds: Nebraska, Arizona, Wake Forest, West Virginia

15-seeds: Indiana, Houston, Michigan State, Boise State

16-seeds: Minnesota, California, San Diego State, Colorado State


Midwest region

First round

(1) Ohio State 45, (16) Colorado State 7: The Buckeyes had usually one unchanging comparison starter a year ago as a position player, core Pat Elflein, that means even with some of their youth defections to a NFL that they have approach too many talent to get tripped adult in a initial round.

(2) Penn State 34, (15) Boise State 30: In a classical duel of quarterbacks, Penn State’s Trace McSorley throws a late touchdown pass to assistance a Nittany Lions shun and equivocate a early exit. Even in defeat, Boise State’s Brett Rypien is superb and passes for 400 yards.

(3) USC 45, (14) West Virginia 24: Many in a Troy family are dissapoint USC didn’t hoard a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, and a Trojans go out and play with a chip on their shoulder behind Sam Darnold‘s 4 touchdown passes.

(4) Miami 27, (13) BYU 21: The Hurricanes won 9 games in Mark Richt’s initial deteriorate behind during his alma mater. They could be staid to tip that in 2017, generally with an commanding front 7 on invulnerability that will be a disproportion in this game.

(12) Duke 28, (5) Tennessee 24: David Cutcliffe faces off opposite his aged school, a same propagandize that upheld on him as conduct manager in 2010. In a back-and-forth affair, a Blue Devils lift off a selected 5 vs. 12 upset, and Cutcliffe is listened humming “Rocky Top” as he leaves a field.

(6) Texas 31, (11) Missouri 20: The Tom Herman epoch is off and running, literally, during Texas. With Chris Warren III rushing for some-more than 200 yards behind one of a improved descent lines in a country, a Longhorns brag their approach to a bruising first-round win.

(10) Georgia Tech 31, (7) Baylor 30: First-year Baylor manager Matt Rhule has his work cut out on a series of opposite fronts, yet there’s still talent on a roster. The Bears’ problem in this game, though, is a Georgia Tech triple-option offense that gets prohibited and creates any large play down a stretch.

(8) Kansas State 34, (9) Mississippi State 21: The Bulldogs’ Nick Fitzgerald picks adult where he left off final deteriorate and has a large diversion flitting and running. But this is a many finish Kansas State group Bill Snyder has had in several years, and a Wildcats lift divided in a fourth quarter.

Second round

(1) Ohio State 31, (8) Kansas State 13: Snyder is already in a College Football Hall of Fame, and Urban Meyer is a tighten to follow him. So it’s one of those coaching matchups we all covet, yet Meyer has too many difference-makers on his side for a Wildcats to ever make it close.

(2) Penn State 35, (10) Georgia Tech 20: The Nittany Lions didn’t get a possibility to play for a inhabitant championship in 2016 notwithstanding winning a Big Ten title. They don’t leave anything to possibility in 2017 and steamroll past a Yellow Jackets into a Sweet 16.

(3) USC 41, (6) Texas 23: There’s zero like roving a prohibited quarterback in postseason play, and nobody’s hotter than Darnold. The Longhorns are means to compare touchdowns in a initial half, yet Darnold’s 8 touchdown passes in dual competition games are some-more than adequate to keep a Trojans alive.

(4) Miami 31, (12) Duke 17: The Hurricanes don’t need large laterals on a kickoff to win this showdown of ACC foes — usually some good, out-of-date invulnerability that creates a Blue Devils one-dimensional. Duke is clearly emptied emotionally after a first-round dissapoint of Tennessee.

Regional semifinals
(1) Ohio State vs. (4) Miami
(2) Penn State vs. (3) USC


East region

First round

(1) Florida State 45, (16) Minnesota 13: P.J. Fleck gets to take his “Row a Boat” mantra to Minnesota as a Gophers’ first-year conduct coach. He’d also like to take a kind of success he had during Western Michigan with him, yet it won’t be flattering opposite a big, bad Seminoles in a initial round.

(2) Auburn 34, (15) Indiana 28: The Hoosiers say their high-scoring ways underneath first-year descent coordinator Mike DeBord, that creates this diversion a lot tighter than anybody on a Plains would like. But Jarrett Stidham’s a genuine deal, and a Tigers lift it out in a fourth quarter.

(3) Washington 30, (14) Nebraska 21: John Ross competence have raced his approach into a NFL, yet Jake Browning, carrying recovered easily from his offseason shoulder surgery, still has Dante Pettis, and one of a Pac-12′s many manly big-play combos is too many for a Huskers’ secondary.

(4) Georgia 28, (13) Oregon State 23: Nick Chubb and Sony Michel take turns punching holes in Oregon State’s run defense, any on his approach to a 100-yard rushing day, and a Bulldogs play keep-away from a Beavers in a first-round win.

(12) Texas Tech 48, (5) Notre Dame 45: Few teams are as gentle in a shootout as Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders, and that’s what this diversion turns into. The Irish rebound behind in 2017 with a large unchanging season, yet can’t get out of a initial spin opposite a Texas Tech offense that usually seems to reload.

(11) Pittsburgh 23, (6) Oregon 21: Pat Narduzzi knows a thing or dual about defense, and his Panthers’ D comes adult outrageous in a second half opposite a Ducks’ offense that starts quick yet fails to modify on third down one too many times in a fourth quarter.

(7) Washington State 38, (10) Iowa 28: Luke Falk, one of a some-more underrated quarterbacks in college football in 2016, caps a star-studded unchanging deteriorate in 2017 with a 400-yard, five-touchdown opening to send a Cougars into a second round.

(8) Northwestern 27, (9) Arkansas 24: A third true winning deteriorate for Northwestern usually gets improved in a initial spin of a tournament. The Wildcats gaunt heavily on Justin Jackson in a using game, and he says following that he came behind for a fourth deteriorate usually for these kinds of moments.

Second round

(1) Florida State 38, (8) Northwestern 14: Jimbo Fisher felt entrance into a 2017 deteriorate that this would be one of his some-more gifted clubs. We’ve seen zero to brawl that speculation by dual rounds of a tournament. The Seminoles have been generally nasty on defense.

(7) Washington State 35, (2) Auburn 31: What an interesting matchup of quarterbacks. Stidham is slinging a spin all over a margin for a Tigers, yet Falk is usually a small bit improved for a Cougars, who lift a Pac-12 ensign into a Sweet 16.

(11) Pittsburgh 26, (3) Washington 24: In any NCAA tournament, there are upsets few people see coming. The Panthers do it for a second true game, again interjection to their invulnerability and forcing timely turnovers. The regard now during Pitt will be holding onto Narduzzi.

(4) Georgia 42, (12) Texas Tech 31: The Bulldogs brought Kirby Smart behind to his alma mater to win championships, and he moves another stop closer to that idea after Georgia jumps out to a four-touchdown lead and afterwards seals a diversion with a punishing using game.

Regional semifinals
(1) Florida State vs. (4) Georgia
(7) Washington State vs. (11) Pittsburgh


South region

(1) Alabama 34, (16) San Diego State 0: Brian Daboll is a Crimson Tide’s fifth opposite descent coordinator given a finish of a 2011 season, when Jim McElwain left to spin Colorado State’s conduct coach. What doesn’t change during Alabama is a Tide’s gusto for personification suffocating defense, that is bad news for a Aztecs.

(2) Clemson 27, (15) Michigan State 16: The Tigers skip Deshaun Watson’s playmaking ability and purchase performances on offense, yet there’s zero wrong with that Clemson defense, quite adult front. The Spartans hang around, yet simply can’t pattern adequate offense to ever unequivocally have a chance.

(3) Stanford 28, (14) Wake Forest 14: The Cardinal are means to control a line of struggle and keep a Deacons from relocating a spin consistently, yet it’s still a comparatively tighten diversion until Bryce Love breaks off a integrate of prolonged touchdown runs in a second half.

(4) Florida 30, (13) Utah 17: In any of his initial dual seasons during Florida, McElwain guided a Gators to a SEC championship game, usually to be bounced by Alabama (and opposition Florida State a week progressing in a regular-season finale). No problems, though, for a Gators in a initial spin of football’s Big Dance.

(5) TCU 38, (12) Syracuse 17: Gary Patterson is too good a manager for a Horned Frogs to humour by a second true losing season, and they rebound behind with a reprisal in 2017. Their younger players usually get improved down a stretch, and they open a competition with a dismantling of a Orange.

(6) UCLA 35, (11) Memphis 14: New descent coordinator Jedd Fisch is usually what a alloy systematic for gifted quarterback Josh Rosen, who throws for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns in a kind of win that helps palliate a pain from a unsatisfactory 4-8 finish in 2016.

(10) Arizona State 31, (7) Texas AM 21: Alabama has been tough on Texas AM in new years, and it’s a Alabama tie that sends a Aggies make-up in a initial round. Offensive coordinator Billy Napier, in his initial deteriorate during Arizona State after entrance over from a Alabama staff, keeps AM off change with his play-calling, and Alabama send Blake Barnett plays mistake-free during quarterback for a Sun Devils.

(8) Virginia Tech 24, (9) Kentucky 20: Even with some of a pivotal pieces from a 2016 group carrying departed, namely quarterback Jerod Evans, a Hokies keep a movement going in Year No. 2 underneath Justin Fuente and win a tighten one over a Wildcats.

Second round

(1) Alabama 27, (8) Virginia Tech 6: Fuente needs another recruiting category or dual to honestly put his stamp on a Virginia Tech program. Although a Hokies don’t dump off in Year No. 2 underneath Fuente as many as some competence have predicted, they’re still no compare for a Crimson Tide.

(2) Clemson 38, (10) Arizona State 20: Napier knows a Clemson module good after portion dual opposite stints with a Tigers, including dual years as descent coordinator in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately for Napier, though, he doesn’t have a horses adult front to retard a Tigers’ front 4 on defense.

(3) Stanford 30, (6) UCLA 24: No strangers to any other as Pac-12 brethren, a Cardinal and Bruins knock it out in a waver second-round competition that goes down to a final minutes. Stanford binds on after Rosen is intercepted in a finish section late.

(4) Florida 24, (5) TCU 21: Both of these teams can play defense, that creates for some nauseous stretches on offense. The Gators have done a vital of winning that approach underneath McElwain, yet they keep on winning and allege interjection to a late margin goal.

Regional semifinals
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Florida
(2) Clemson vs. (3) Stanford


West region

First round

(1) Oklahoma 48, (16) California 31: First-year Cal manager Justin Wilcox competence have a defensive background, yet good fitness in gripping this one from branch into a lane meet. Then again, a Sooners seem to be in their component when a scoreboard’s removing a workout.

(2) LSU 27, (15) Houston 10: Ed Orgeron’s Cajun accent competence be tough for some outward a Bayou to understand, yet what’s transparent is that he’s going to have a invulnerability that will get after people and wreak havoc. The Cougars spin it over too many for this one to be close.

(3) Wisconsin 20, (14) Arizona 17: Paul Chryst has sensitively been Mr. Steady during Wisconsin, and in his third season, he has a Badgers right behind in a thick of a inhabitant race. He also has a quarterback, Alex Hornibrook, who has a knack for creation purchase plays, and Hornibrook creates several of them in a fourth entertain to assistance a Badgers reason off a Wildcats.

(13) South Florida 32, (4) Louisville 31: It doesn’t take Charlie Strong prolonged to make his symbol in his new gig. The Bulls win 11 games in a unchanging season, journey into a competition impassioned and afterwards dissapoint Strong’s aged team, Louisville, that suffers a second true postseason disappointment.

(5) Michigan 41, (12) Vanderbilt 21: Eyebrows are lifted in Ann Arbor when Michigan’s No. 5 seed is unveiled, yet Jim Harbaugh bites his mouth and instead uses it as motivation. Sure enough, a Wolverines come out respirating glow and overcome a dynamic yet outmanned Vanderbilt club.

(11) Colorado 21, (6) NC State 17: Mike MacIntyre did a bang-up pursuit during San Jose State and an even improved pursuit of reviving Colorado’s program. The Buffs’ invulnerability dictates a upsurge of this diversion early and binds off a late Wolfpack expostulate to advance.

(7) Oklahoma State 42, (10) Ole Miss 21: The Rebels get a waiver from a NCAA to be means to play in a tournament, yet run into one of a hottest quarterback-receiver combos in a country. Mason Rudolph and James Washington offshoot adult for 3 touchdown passes in a diversion that’s never close.

(8) South Carolina 27, (9) North Carolina 21: In a Battle of a Carolinas, Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks come out on tip interjection to Jake Bentley‘s pointing third-down flitting and a pivotal stop late by a invulnerability that army 4 turnovers in a game.

Second round

(1) Oklahoma 40, (8) South Carolina 17: His offseason brush with a law behind him, quarterback Baker Mayfield goes from 2017 Heisman Trophy leader to accounting for 5 or some-more touchdowns in his second uninterrupted competition diversion opposite a South Carolina invulnerability that simply runs out of gas.

(7) Oklahoma State 33, (2) LSU 28: The Tigers severely recruited Rudolph and had a possibility to pointer him yet passed. Now they have to face him, and he shows a college football universe because he was one of a best quarterbacks in a nation during a 2017 season.

(11) Colorado 23, (3) Wisconsin 17: The Buffs do it for a second true diversion with a large upset, and once again, their invulnerability is tremendous. First-year defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot hereditary a section that incurred complicated losses, yet it’s tough to tell with a approach Colorado is personification on that side of a ball.

(5) Michigan 28, (13) South Florida 21: One of a things that cost a Wolverines in their 3 2016 waste was not being means to run a spin effectively enough. Well, that’s a disproportion in this game, as Chris Evans and a retooled descent line consistently pierce a bondage in a second half.

Regional semifinals
(1) Oklahoma vs. (5) Michigan
(7) Oklahoma State vs. (11) Colorado

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