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For those college football nutjobs like me who can’t stand the offseason, this might be for you. With all the talk of a college football playoff in the news lately I decided to get creative with the only simulation tools I have: a PS3 and NCAA 12. Using the final BCS regular season standings for seeding; I have created a 24 team playoff (24 teams because the BCS standings doesn’t extend to 32) that I will simulate to see who virtually would have been the national champion. First off, I am in not in favor at all of a 24 team playoff. This is not conducive in reality. My playoff starts on December 17 (two weeks after the conference title games) and extends until January 14th. The Top 8 seeds all have first round byes and the higher seeded team will host until the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be played at the Orange and Sugar Bowls. The championship will be played at the Rose Bowl. I have gone to great extents to make this simulation as legitimate as possible including roster changes due to injury or suspension and even accurate weather conditions at the site where the games would have been played. Check it out here: http://short-sideoption.blogspot.com/ , it’s a good source of entertainment in the off-season! Oregon is the #5 seed and will have a first round bye. The ducks will host the winner of the #13 Michigan/#20 Nebraska game in the second round.
Good simulation, however I see a fatal flaw, i.e., conference opponents should not play in the first round, regardless of seeding.
Cool idea, i think you need to look at the brackets again though, #9 shouldn't play #1 so fast, the winner of the 2 middle seeds should advance vs. #1.
@ Drew: yeah, it is a bummer to have regular season re-matches in a playoff format; especially in a first round game. I'll look into doing it differently next year (or maybe still this year). This year I just simply took the final regular season BCS standings and used those as seeds
@South: Thank you for pointing that out, i realized this after I started the simulation. A 24 team playoff was a little awkward to plan; I'll work on the seeding for next year or I might even do another simulation this year with correct seeding and a 16 team format instead. Thank you for your input!
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