Who would win the NCAA Tournament if the teams played football? We tried that exercise out last night.
You can view the full results here.
ESPN has done a similar exercise. It’s created a 64-team NCAA football bracket for the 2018 season.
“Here’s how it works: Teams are seeded 1 through 64 according to ESPN’s preseason FPI rankings for 2018. The top four seeds — Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State — will headline geographic regions. Round-by-round matchups for the 2018 postseason will play out (sorry, no First Four here) until a national champion is crowned.
Just like in the NCAA hoops tournament, there will be upsets. This is all about matchups and projections. Just because FPI likes a team doesn’t mean it will advance.”
Here are the seeds, from the No. 1s to No. 16s:
1-seeds: Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State
2-seeds: Notre Dame, Washington, Auburn, Penn State
3-seeds: Oklahoma, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin
4-seeds: Stanford, Miami, USC, Mississippi State
5-seeds: Texas, Florida State, Oregon, Texas A&M
6-seeds: Oklahoma State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech
7-seeds: Iowa, LSU, Cal, South Carolina
8-seeds: Missouri, Duke, West Virginia, Northwestern
9-seeds: Utah, TCU, Louisville, Boston College
10-seeds: Boise State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Baylor
11-seeds: Iowa State, Arizona, NC State, Kansas State
12-seeds: Ole Miss, Memphis, North Carolina, Purdue
13-seeds: UCLA, Nebraska, Arizona State, Tennessee
14-seeds: UCF, Arkansas, Syracuse, Kentucky
15-seeds: Pitt, San Diego State, Minnesota, Maryland
16-seeds: Washington State, Houston, Fresno State, South Florida
ESPN simulated the results of the games through the first two rounds. You can view the full results here.