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The 64-Team Playoff Concept?!

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 24, 2012


It's actually being discussed ... and it might not be that bad. How might it have worked this year?

2012 Season

The 64-Team Playoff 
 

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Playoff Ideas
- Cirminiello: 4 Teams, No Automatic Qualifier
- Sallee: Plus One
- Harrison: Top Eight
- Johnson: Just 4 Teams  

It sounds insane and it's not practical, but a professor group called the Coalition On Intercollegiate Athletics is actually putting together an idea of a 64-team college football playoff. It won't happen, but at least groups in a position of relative power and influence are thinking.

Okay, so let's dream for a moment and look at how this might logistically work, and shockingly, it doesn't seem so bad in a pie-in-the-sky example.

- The teams playing in the national title would end up playing six playoff games, so first, the college football regular season would be reduced to a ten game schedule. LSU ended up playing 14 games this season, and adding an extra two in late December wouldn't be too much of a stretch.

- To keep the revenue streams in place, the teams that don't get into the tournament could schedule extra games to move up to the 12-game slate it currently stands at now. It would require some last minute wheeling and dealing, but instead of playing the cupcakes on the front end, teams would play them in late November and in December. The playoff teams that lose in the first round could all schedule one more game to get to 12.

- The higher seed in the tournament would get home field advantage up until the Final Four. This might not seem fair, but it would appease the current BCS league bigwigs who might fight this kicking and screaming, and it's the only realistic option.

- The tournament would start in mid-November and would go through the first week of January. Over that span, almost all the schools will be off for at least three weeks - Thanksgiving and Christmas break - and it would be a lot like the regular season is now for most teams that go through early December.

- All conference champions get an automatic invite, and bowl eligibility rules apply. However, with a ten-game schedule, five wins, not six, gets a team in.

So with all of that in mind, going off what happened this year, how would the seedings look? What would a tournament possibly look like? Here's a best guess, taking into account coaching changes, scandals, and everything that happened throughout the season.

North

1. Alabama 38
16. Nevada 10

8. Texas A&M 27
9. Ohio State 23

5. Houston 31
12. California 28

4. Georgia 38
13. Tulsa 10

6. So Miss 13
11. NC State 10

3. Wisconsin 54
14. Ohio 13

7. Cincinnati 17
10. Miss State 20

2. Kansas State 27
15. Purdue 16

Second Round
1. Alabama 23
8. Texas A&M 21

4. Georgia 31
5. Houston 34

3. Wisconsin 31
6. So Miss 17

2. Kansas St 21
10. Miss St 17

Sweet 16
1. Alabama 45
5. Houston 10

2. Kansas State 20
3. Wisconsin 34

Elite 8
1. Alabama 27
3. Wisconsin 20
East

1. Oklahoma St 48
16. SMU 14

8. Notre Dame 17
9. Virginia 24

5. Nebraska 31
12. La-Lafayette 17

4. Clemson 30
13. Iowa State 19

6. West Virginia 34
11. Iowa 31

3. So Carolina 16
14. Temple 14

7. Florida State 14
10. Rutgers 17

2. Oregon 52
15. Vanderbilt 23

Second Round
1. Oklahoma St 37
9. Virginia 20

4. Clemson 17
5. Nebraska 38

3. So Carolina 20
6. West Virginia 23

2. Oregon 44
10. Rutgers 20

Sweet 16
1. Oklahoma St 35
5. Nebraska 31

2. Oregon 48
6. West Virginia 51

Elite 8
1. Oklahoma St 42
6. West Virginia 45
South

1. LSU 45
16. Wake Forest 3

8. Florida 10
9. Louisville 21

5. Michigan St 23
12. Miami 21

4. Oklahoma 48
13. Pitt 16

6. Penn State 17
11. Arkansas St 21

3. Virginia Tech 38
14. Toledo 23

7. Missouri 26
10. N Illinois 29 OT

2. Boise State 56
15. Arizona St 24

Second Round
1. LSU 48
9. Louisville 6

4. Oklahoma 27
5. Michigan St 34

3. Virginia Tech 27
11. Arkansas St 10

2. Boise State 45
10. No Illinois 17

Sweet 16
1. LSU 31
5. Michigan St 14

2. Boise State 26
3. Virginia Tech 17

Elite 8
1. LSU 34
2. Boise State 13
West

1. Stanford 44
16. WMU 31

8. Georgia Tech 23
9. BYU 20

5. TCU 31
12. N Carolina 13

4. Michigan 37
13. Washington 17

6. Texas 20
11. La Tech 24

3. Baylor 52
14. Northwestern 41

7. Auburn 27
10. Utah 23

2. Arkansas 38
15. Illinois 12

Second Round
1. Stanford 38
8. Georgia Tech 14

4. Michigan 30
5. TCU 34

3. Baylor 31
11. La Tech 37

2. Arkansas 38
7. Auburn 14

Sweet 16
1. Stanford 34
5. TCU 27

2. Arkansas 44
11. La Tech 13

Elite 8
1. Stanford 27
2. Arkansas 30 OT
Final Four
1. Alabama 31, No. 6 West Virginia 20
1. LSU 41, Arkansas 20

National Championship
No. 1 Alabama 21, No. 1 LSU 0