Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 9

If The College Football Playoff Happened This Season, Here's Who We'd Be Watching...

If the College Football Playoff Happened This Season, Here’s Who We’d Be Watching…

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or a large majority of the individuals who will ultimately decide who’s in and who’s out.

So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru where necessary), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Florida State vs. #3 Oregon

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Ohio State

National Championship: #1 Alabama over #2 Florida State

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Missouri

Cotton Bowl: Baylor vs. Fresno State

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Texas Tech

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Miami vs. Auburn

A lot’s changed here: a new national champ, new teams occupying most of the top bowls, and a bunch of very intriguing matchups, plus ACC and SEC dominance in full force. All of that will happen when half of the top 10 loses in a single week. Alabama v. Florida State is the National Championship game we’d all pay to see. FSU-Oregon is the semi-final we’d pay an incredible amount to attend. For the first time in this hypothetical setup, we have a slew of appealing games that remind us why we wanted this setup in the first place…

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

Continue reading

Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 8

Following a Convincing Victory over Washington, it Gets Even Tougher to Pick Against the Ducks

Following a Convincing Victory over Washington, it Gets Even Tougher to Pick Against the Ducks

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or a large majority of the individuals who will ultimately decide who’s in and who’s out.

So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Florida State

National Championship: #2 Oregon over #1 Alabama

Orange Bowl: Miami vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Baylor vs. Stanford

Fiesta BowlTexas A&M vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. LSU

Last week’s upset-riddled Saturday shakes up a lot of what this playoff has looked like up to this point, with two (!!) ACC teams occupying the top four spots, yet both exiting in the semi-finals. In the top money bowls, Miami becomes ACC team no. 3 to enter the conversation, while Baylor also moves into one of the major slots to face a fading Stanford team. No, I’m still not sold on Alabama, which is why they’re losing to Oregon here.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

Continue reading

Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 7

For the Second Straight Week, Oregon Takes Home Both Versions of the Hypothetical Playoff Title

For the Second Straight Week, Oregon Takes Home the Hypothetical Playoff Championship

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or a large majority of the individuals who will ultimately decide who’s in and who’s out.

So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Clemson vs. #3 Oregon

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Stanford

National Championship: #3 Oregon over #4 Stanford

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

Very little changes compared to last week, outside of Clemson jumping Oregon for the second spot in the overall rankings. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do the Tigers much of a favor, since the game’s at the Rose Bowl either way, giving home field advantage to the Ducks. Like last week, we see Oregon beating Stanford, too. It’s also worth noting how close Florida State was to joining fellow ACC school Clemson in the top four, and overall, just how many spots are between Alabama and the next SEC team (six until we get to Georgia).

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

Continue reading

Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 6

Would a College Football Playoff Allow the Pac-12 to End the SEC's Dominance Over the Sport?

Would a College Football Playoff Allow the Pac-12 to End the SEC’s Dominance Over the Sport?

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Stanford

National Championship: #2 Oregon over #4 Stanford

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

LSU’s loss to Georgia last week really tossed a wrench in the gears of what we had going on. But the reworked version for this week certainly looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? We switched Clemson and Stanford around to avoid an all-Pac-12 Rose Bowl (assuming that’s what they’d do in real life), and the Ducks were awarded the title by way of being terrifying this year. Also good to see: UCLA nabbing a Fiesta Bowl spot against LSU in what would be an extremely entertaining matchup.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

Continue reading

Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 5

If There Was a College Football Playoff This Year, Would LSU Win it All?

If There Was a College Football Playoff This Year, Would the LSU Tigers Win it All?

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Oregon vs. #3 Clemson

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 LSU

National Championship: #4 LSU over #4 Oregon

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Louisville vs. Georgia

I’m convinced that LSU could completely handle Alabama at this point, and since Oregon’s yet to play a truly challenging opponent, it’s tough to think they’re going to be able to beat the Tigers either. As usual, a bunch of SEC teams are handed at-large bids here, with Louisville taking the “group of five” spot.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

Continue reading

ACC Football Scheduling: How Can the ACC Better Position Itself for a Playoff Spot?

Examining Strength of Schedule and What ACC Teams Need to Do to Make the Playoff

Examining Strength of Schedule and What ACC Teams Need to Do to Make the Playoff

As you might’ve noticed earlier today, we linked to a piece from SB Nation’s Team Speed Kills entitled “How Much Will Schedule Strength Affect Playoff Selection?” — which effectively dissects the merits (or lack thereof) of scheduling tougher in order to get a playoff spot. The impetus for such an article, of course, is the flurry of recent news regarding the number of conference games. When announcing its divisional realignment the other day, the Big Ten upped its conference slate to nine games, while the Pac-12 is actually discussing moving down to eight (from the current nine). Even the SEC, which has been with the ACC in the “remain at eight” boat briefly mentioned a nine-game schedule during its SEC Network press conference today. So with two alternatives seemingly on the table again, what scheduling setup makes the most sense for the ACC if it hopes to place its top team(s) in the four-team College Football Playoff?

To start, the ACC obviously has two disadvantages when it comes to pursuing a nine-game conference schedule. One of these — out-of-conference rivalries — is a shared issue with the SEC. The other, unique to the ACC, is the Notre Dame scheduling agreement. As of 2014, at least four ACC schools will have annual in-state matchups with SEC schools on the books, effectively locking them (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville) into a ninth game on top of the eight-game conference schedule. The Notre Dame arrangement, which has the Irish playing five ACC games per year, brings that total to 10 for those teams in select years. Those same teams will likely also be at five home games and five road games by that point, making for a less-than-ideal scheduling demand of two guaranteed home dates and little calendar flexibility. If the ACC were to add a ninth game, those teams would be locked into 11 games against major-conference competition, and might also need to take a hit on home games (hosting six total, instead of seven). For schools like FSU and Clemson, it’s a tough financial hit to take, especially without an ACC Network off the ground yet.

Continue reading

Final Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2012

Would a 4- or 16-Team Playoff Crown the Ducks as Champions At Last?

Would a 4- or 16-Team Playoff Crown the Ducks as Champions At Last?

Now that the dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (following the 2014 season), this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-two-years feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (courtesy of BCSGuru for teams outside of top 25), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Fiesta Bowl (semifinal): #1 Notre Dame vs. #4 Oregon

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #2 Alabama vs. #3 Florida

National Championship: #4 Oregon over #2 Alabama

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. LSU

Cotton Bowl: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Georgia vs. Northern Illinois

While the real-life national title game should be a fun matchup of two elite defenses, it’s great to see we’d be able to realize everyone’s dream matchup here (Oregon vs. Alabama). As has been the case in every one of these projections, the SEC would have a monopoly on the at-large bids.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

Continue reading