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Posted Mar 16, 2014


What would've happened if college football had a 68-team tournament field?

A College Football Tourney?

The 68-Team Playoff 
 

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Okay, so let's dream for a moment and look at how this might logistically work if football had put together an NCAA basketball tournament-like bracket. Shockingly, it might not be that bad.

- 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. Florida State and Auburn 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 and College Football Playoff heads who might fight this kicking and screaming, and it's the only realistic logistical 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. Also, if you're not eligible for a bowl - sorry, Penn State - you're not in.

So with all of that in mind, going off what happened in the 2013 season, how would the seedings have looked? What would a tournament possibly have played out? Here's a best guess, taking into account coaching changes, scandals and everything that happened throughout the season.

PLAY IN: 16. Colorado State 41, 16. Middle Tennessee 38
PLAY IN: 16. Toledo 34, 16. Louisiana-Lafayette 27

North

1. Alabama 45
16. Toledo 10

8. Texas 20
9. Michigan 24

5. Wisconsin 30
12. Miss St 17

4. Okla St 45
13. Wash St 31

6. Louisville 24
11. N Carolina 10

3. Arizona St 38
14. Ball St 17

7. Fresno St 42
10. Texas Tech 45

2. Ohio State 27
15. Utah St 24 OT

Second Round
1. Alabama 38
9. Michigan 0

4. Okla St 20
5. Wisconsin 27

3. Arizona St 27
6. Louisville 31

2. Ohio St 30
10. Texas Tech 17

Sweet 16
1. Alabama 34
5. Wisconsin 20

2. Ohio St 31
6. Louisville 13

Elite 8
1. Alabama 30
2. Ohio St 34
East

1. Auburn 63
16. Col St 35

8. Nebraska 16
9. Arizona 28

5. Oklahoma 23
12. No Dame 21

4. UCLA 24
13. BGSU 20

6. Ole Miss 27
11. Maryland 16

3. Clemson 45
14. Houston 24

7. Minnesota 23
10. Pitt 17

2. Stanford 34
15. Rice 8

Second Round
1. Auburn 54
9. Arizona 45

4. UCLA 30
5. Oklahoma 20

3. Clemson 27
6. Ole Miss 30

2. Stanford 38
7. Minnesota 10

Sweet 16
1. Auburn 34
4. UCLA 30

2. Stanford 24
6. Ole Miss 20

Elite 8
1. Auburn 27
2. Stanford 30
South

1. Florida St 41
16. No Texas 3

8. Iowa 27
9. Miami 10

5. Georgia 31
12 Oregon St 24

4. Baylor 54
13. Navy 20

6. UCF 20
11. Va Tech 7

3. Texas A&M 42
14. Cincinnati 31

7. Vanderbilt 21
10. Syracuse 24

2. LSU 27
15. Marshall 17

Second Round
1. Florida St 34
8. Iowa 14

4. Baylor 38
5. Georgia 37

3. Texas A&M 38
6. UCF 41

2. LSU 23
10. Syracuse 17

Sweet 16
1. Florida St 40
4. Baylor 23

2. LSU 28
6. UCF 31

Elite 8
1. Florida St 35
6. UCF 7
West

1. Michigan St 30
16. UNLV 13

8. Wash 27
9. Ga Tech 14

5. USC 21
12. BYU 17

4. Oregon 44
13. NIU 17

6. Kansas St 28
11. E Carolina 16

3. So Carolina 34
14. Boise St 13

7. Duke 30
10. BC 17

2. Missouri 44
15. SDSU 24

Second Round
1. Michigan St 17
8. Wash 10

4. Oregon 38
5. USC 27

3. So Carolina 26
6. Kansas St 16

2. Missouri 45
7. Duke 28

Sweet 16
1. Michigan St 31
4. Oregon 26

2. Missouri 34
3. So Carolina 24

Elite 8
1. Michigan St 20
2. Missouri 17
Final Four
No. 2 Ohio State 24, 2. Stanford 17
No. 1 Florida State 31, No. 1 Michigan State 17

National Championship
No. 1 Florida State 41, No. 2 Ohio State 17