It’s that time again for Round 1 of the NCAA football playoffs, as defined by Jay Heater. We all know, of course, that the only reason the bowl system continues to exist is because a bunch of people’s pockets are being filled with cash. Hopefully, the old boy network will crash and burn soon.
The NCAA Tournament is coming. Maybe not in the next five years, but it is coming. Eventually, television will dictate its existence. Some exec at ESPN is going to say, instead of drawing some small share for the Houston Bowl, we could be televising a first-round NCAA Tournament game. The Final Four would bring in a gadzillion dollars.
The idea that players will be spending too much time out of the classroom is not bunk meant for the public’s consumption. College administrators must think the public is a collective idiot. A playoff system returns most of the players to class much sooner than a bowl system.
So here is Round One of the 32-team tournament. I will follow up each week to completion.
Round One Dec. 9
Round of 16 on Dec. 16
Round of 8 on Dec. 23
Round of 4 on Jan. 1
Championship game on Jan. 8
No. 32 seed Troy (7-5) at No. 1 seed Ohio State (12-0)
No. 22 TCU (10-2) at No. 11 Oklahoma (11-2)
No. 26 Oregon State (9-4) at No. 7 BYU (10-2)
No. 17 Cal (9-3) at No. 16 Auburn (10-2)
No. 29 Maryland (8-4) at No. 4 Louisville (11-1)
No. 21 Texas A&M (9-3) at No. 12 Notre Dame (10-2)
No. 20 West Virginia (10-2) at No. 13 Wake Forest (11-2)
No. 25 Rutgers (10-2) at No. 8 LSU (10-2)
No. 30 Navy (9-3) at No. 3 seed Michigan (11-1)
No. 24 Houston (10-3) at No. 9 Wisconsin (11-1)
No. 19 Nebraska (9-4) at No. 14 Virginia Tech (10-2)
No. 27 Penn State (8-4) No. 6 Boise State (12-0)
No. 28 Hawaii (10-3) at No. 5 USC (10-2)
No. 23 Boston College (9-3) at No. 10 Arkansas (10-3)
No. 18 Tennessee (9-3) at No. 15 Texas (9-3)
No. 31 Central Michigan (9-4) at No. 2 seed Florida (12-1)