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January Madness - The CFN 16-Team Playoff
USC WR Patrick Turner
USC WR Patrick Turner
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 4, 2008


What if there were a 16-team playoff? With the help of WhatIfSports.com, we come up with the CFN December Madness, a playoff with the 11 conference winners and five at-large teams. Check out the second round results along with the box scores and statistics for each game.

Forget the silly BCS, the polls and the bowl games, we present our solution ... the Collegefootballnews.com Championship Series, this year with simulations, results and box scores from WhatIfSports.com.

Why is the NCAA basketball tournament so popular? It's because the little guy has a shot to show what it can do against the big boys. College football should give credit to the conference champions, while allowing the top teams to still be in the mix. 

The idea is to take the eleven conference winners and five at large teams and put them in a playoff to settle this thing on the field. Use the BCS formula and take the conference champions out, then just go down the list and take the next five eligible teams with with one caveat, no conference may have more than two representatives. There's no whining. If you can't win your conference title, you can't say you deserve to have a shot at the national championship. Therefore, the regular season is still meaningful, and it might even encourage better non-conference games.

The seeds are according to the BCS rankings.

CFN Championship Pairings Final Four

#1 Ohio State 27
(SEC Champion) vs.  

- Ohio State vs. Oklahoma
- USC vs. Virginia Tech

#3 Virginia Tech 22
(ACC Champion) vs.  
#4 Oklahoma 24
(Big 12 Champion) vs.   
Box Score & Results
#7 USC 23
(Pac 10 Champion)
Box Score & Results

CFN Championship Pairings Second Round

#1 Ohio State 27
(SEC Champion) vs.  

- LSU vs. USC
- Virginia Tech vs. Missouri
- Ohio State vs. West Virginia
- Oklahoma vs. Boston College

#2 LSU 16
(SEC Champion) vs.  
#8 West Virginia 9
(Big East Champion)  
Box Score & Results
#7 USC 21
(Pac 10 Champion)
Box Score & Results
#4 Oklahoma 26
(Big 12 Champion) vs.   
#3 Virginia Tech 24
(ACC Champion) vs. 
 
#12 Boston College 24
(ACC at-large) 
Box Score & Results
#6 Missouri 17
(Big 12 at-large)
Box Score & Results

CFN Championship Pairings First Round

Florida Atlantic vs. Ohio State | West Virginia vs. Hawaii
Georgia vs. Boston College | Oklahoma vs. BYU 
LSU vs. Central Michigan | USC vs. Arizona State
Virginia Tech vs. UCF | Missouri vs. Illinois

#1 Ohio State 44
(SEC Champion) vs.  

ACC - Virginia Tech
Big East - West Virginia
Big Ten - Ohio State
Big 12 - Oklahoma
C-USA - UCF
MAC - Central Michigan
Mountain West - BYU
Pac 10 - USC
SEC - LSU
Sun Belt - Florida Atlantic
WAC - Hawaii

at-large - Georgia
at-large - Missouri
at-large -
Arizona State
at-large - Illinois
at-large - Boston College

#2 LSU 41
(SEC Champion) vs.  
#16 Florida Atlantic 6
(Sun Belt Champion)
Box Score & Results
#15 Central Michigan 3
(MAC Champion)
Box Score & Results
#8 West Virginia 31
(Big East Champion)  
#7 USC 30
(Pac 10 Champion) vs.  
#9 Hawaii 30
(WAC Champion) 
Box Score & Results
#10 Arizona State 9
(Pac 10 at-large) 
Box Score & Results
#5 Georgia 23
(SEC at-large) vs.
 
#3 Virginia Tech 33
(ACC Champion) vs. 
 
#12 Boston College 27
(ACC at-large) 
Box Score & Results
#14 UCF 16
(Conference USA Champion)
Box Score & Results
#4 Oklahoma 37
(Big 12 Champion) vs.   
#6 Missouri 31
(Big 12 at-large)  vs.  
#13  BYU  27
(Mountain West Champion) 
Box Score & Results
#11 Illinois 29
(Big Ten at large)
Box Score & Results