College Football Playoffs: The 64-Team Tournament Edition

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 19: Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball during the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Say, here's a 64-team college football tournament bracket. We can call it December Delirium! Also, what might it look like if we include FCS teams?

'Round this time every year, college football people tend to talk up what fun it would be to get to fill out (non-FCS) playoff brackets for our fair sport as well. This leads to that point in the week at which everybody comes up with a 16-team bracket based on the previous season, which is kind of fun. There's also picking the basketball bracket based entirely on each school's football program, which is way more fun.

So here's a 64-team bracket, which would mean about a month and a half of postseason college football. That sounds crazy! But it's pretty much what we already have now, with conference championship games beginning in early December the the title game not until some ugly date in January. So kindly give us a 32-team bracket and we'll call it even.

Here's what a 2011-2012 college football bracket could've looked like, based on F/+ ratings -- those do take bowl game performances into account, so ... so they're even better! Rub your eyes twice, as, yes, this bracket includes Northwestern:


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South Region

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Washington

No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Kansas State

No. 5 TCU vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech

No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 North Carolina

No. 6 Temple vs. No. 11 Arizona State

No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 14 Ohio

No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 South Florida

No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 15 Tennessee

Midwest Region

No. 1 LSU vs. No. 16 Nevada

No. 8 Penn State vs. No. 9 Rutgers

No. 5 Houston vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Northern Illinois

No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Iowa

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 SMU

No. 7 Nebraska vs. No. 10 Louisiana Tech

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Arkansas State

East Region

No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 16 Illinois

No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Tulsa

No. 5 Texas vs. No. 12 Vanderbilt

No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Western Michigan

No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. No. 11 Mississippi State

No. 3 USC vs. No. 14 Utah

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Ohio State

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Northwestern

West Region

No. 1 Boise State vs. No. 16 UConn

No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Clemson

No. 5 Southern Miss vs. No. 12 California

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 13 Auburn

No. 6 South Carolina vs. No. 11 Louisville

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Central Florida

No. 7 Toledo vs. No. 10 BYU

No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 15 Florida International

Intrigue abounds, from Clemson's defense trying to stop Robert Griffin III to Cincy and the Buckeyes battling for Ohio to a 1999 BCS championship rematch to West Virginians and Iowans boggling at each other's offenses before finding kinship in a deep, deep bottle. Upset alerts include UNC vs. Texas A&M, Auburn vs. Notre Dame, and Cal vs. Southern Miss, who lost to UAB. Also, absolutely nobody wants to play Kansas State.

Now let's really get crazy! March Madness includes teams from conferences you've never heard of all throughout Division I. Just for funsies, here's what our bracket could look like if the field could include teams currently in FCS, since they are indeed Division I programs. This would mean replacing lower-tier FBS teams with FCS conference champions, like so -- it would also mean bumping North Carolina (and not MAC champ Northern Illinois) to ensure the Sun Belt champs, Arkansas State, make it in:

South Region

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Stony Brook

No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Kansas State

No. 5 TCU vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech

No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Arkansas State

No. 6 Temple vs. No. 11 Arizona State

No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 14 Towson

No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 South Florida

No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 15 Jackson State

Midwest Region

No. 1 LSU vs. No. 16 Duquesne

No. 8 Penn State vs. No. 9 Rutgers

No. 5 Houston vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Northern Illinois

No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Iowa

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Lehigh

No. 7 Nebraska vs. No. 10 Louisiana Tech

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Tennessee Tech

East Region

No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 16 San Diego

No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Tulsa

No. 5 Texas vs. No. 12 Vanderbilt

No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Georgia Southern

No. 6 Virginia Tech vs. No. 11 Mississippi State

No. 3 USC vs. No. 14 Montana

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Ohio State

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Norfolk State

West Region

No. 1 Boise State vs. No. 16 Harvard

No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Clemson

No. 5 Southern Miss vs. No. 12 California

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 13 Sam Houston State

No. 6 South Carolina vs. No. 11 Louisville

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 North Dakota State

No. 7 Toledo vs. No. 10 BYU

No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 15 North Dakota

This one is kind of more fun, and rewards higher seeds even more while making sure every conference in the country has rooting interests in at least one game. These could get competitive, too -- if Georgia Southern can run on Alabama, surely it can run on Arkansas.

Also, Michigan's playing an FCS team in Round 1, and we all know how exciting that can be.

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