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If college football had March Madness, it would look like this

College basketball is OK. March Madness is great. The College Football Playoff is better than the BCS. The FCS playoffs are wonderful. These are all truths.

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This is a bracket based on college basketball's impending March Madness, using last season's football teams from all of Division I. You and I are pretending this tournament is happening after bowl season. March is after bowl season, to be honest.

The top 25 seeds below are based on the final AP Top 25 poll, with the rest ranked by a mix of the Massey Composite (which combines pretty much every ranking into one), Sagarin (which ranks FCS teams alongside FBS teams), and a few eyeballin' adjustments (so that, for example, 5-7 Kentucky would not be here despite its computer ranking). All conference champions are included, with some tiebreakers applied, Big 12.

Locations are based mostly on bowl games. The exception is the Midwest regional, which goes to Big Ten-familiar Indianapolis, since there aren't really any Midwestern bowls.

This bracket mostly follows the S-curve, seeking balance by giving the region with overall No. 1 Ohio State the worst 2 seed, and so forth, albeit with geographic adjustments. Other adjustments: breaking up the top few from each conference, avoiding most early-round rematches, and not letting teams play in their home stadiums. It can surely be improved in spots.

This format is based on Chris Dobbertean's bracketology, which will tell you actual smart things about basketball.

Midwest
Indianapolis, In.
Southwest
Dallas, Tx.
Detroit, Mi. Houston, Tx.
1 Ohio State (14-1) 1 TCU (12-1)
16 Morgan State/Jacksonville 16 Fordham (11-3)
8 Air Force (10-3) 8 LSU (8-5)
9 Arkansas (7-6) 9 Oklahoma (8-5)
Memphis, Tn. Fort Worth, Tx.
5 Ole Miss (9-4) 5 USC (9-4)
12 Illinois State (13-2) 12 Virginia Tech (7-6)
4 Clemson (10-3) 4 Missouri (11-3)
13 Penn State (7-6) 13 New Hampshire (12-2)
Bronx, NY San Antonio, Tx.
6 Louisville (9-4) 6 Auburn (8-5)
11 Louisiana Tech (9-5) 11 Washington (8-6)
3 Georgia (10-3) 3 UCLA (10-3)
14 Jacksonville State (10-2) 14 Iowa/Cincinnati
Annapolis, Md. New Orleans, La.
7 Notre Dame (8-5) 7 Nebraska (9-4)
10 Northern Illinois (11-3) 10 North Dakota State (15-1)
2 Georgia Tech (11-3) 2 Michigan State (11-2)
15 Harvard* (10-0) 15 Sam Houston State (11-5)
West
Pasadena, Ca.
South
Atlanta, Ga.
Santa Clara, Ca. Nashville, Tn.
1 Oregon (13-2) 1 Alabama (12-2)
16 Alcorn State/Sacred Heart 16 Liberty (9-5)
8 Utah State (10-4) 8 Duke (9-4)
9 Minnesota (8-5) 9 Texas A&M (8-5)
San Diego, Ca. Miami, Fl.
5 Arizona (10-4) 5 Kansas State (9-4)
12 South Carolina (7-6) 12 Georgia Southern ** (9-3)
4 Boise State (12-2) 4 Wisconsin (11-3)
13 BYU (8-5) 13 Boston College (7-6)
Honolulu, Hi. Charlotte, NC
6 Utah (9-4) 6 Marshall (13-1)
11 West Virginia (7-6) 11 Tennessee (7-6)
3 Mississippi State (10-3) 3 Arizona State (10-3)
14 NC State/Oklahoma State 14 Chattanooga (10-4)
Glendale, Az. Orlando, Fl.
7 Stanford (8-5) 7 Memphis (10-3)
10 Colorado State (10-3) 10 Florida (7-5)
2 Baylor (11-2) 2 Florida State (13-1)
15 Eastern Washington (11-3) 15 Coastal Carolina (12-2)
First four
Shreveport, La.
Winner to Glendale, Az. Winner to San Antonio, Tx.***
16 Alcorn State* (10-3) 14 Iowa (7-6)
16 Sacred Heart (9-3) 14 Cincinnati (9-4)
Winner to Annapolis, Md. Winner to Honolulu, Hi.***
16 Morgan State (7-6) 14 NC State (8-5)
16 Jacksonville (9-2) 14 Oklahoma State (7-6)

Bold: Conference champion and automatic bid.

* The Ivy League and SWAC opt not to participate in the FCS playoffs. Luckily, this isn't the FCS playoffs! This is football March Madness!

** Georgia Southern wasn't allowed to play in a bowl in its first FBS year, due to an NCAA rule. That rule's dumb.

*** In basketball, winners of these at-large play-in games usually become 11 or 12 seeds. But Division I football has fewer conferences than basketball and thus fewer automatic bids, meaning more at-larges.

The first teams out would include East Carolina, Maryland, Miami, Rutgers, Texas and UCF. And your team, of course.

There are lots of fun things here. It is fun that multiple teams from Illinois are here, and not one is from the Big Ten, for instance. What do you think is fun?